If you had to work 14 hour days, Mondays to Fridays, then you have to keep Saturdays and Sundays sacred.
You shouldn’t marry unless the both of you are on the same page on a lot of things. Life is going to deal you blows, and you have to be together. Your values and priorities have to be on the same page; otherwise, it won’t work.
I have one little pooch-y stomach in a picture, and all of a sudden I’m pregnant.
Nobody really knows, but I got a little comedy in me.
Any actor will tell you that you go where the work is, especially when you have children.
Being a pedestrian again is very exciting because in L.A. you live in your car, and you’re on a freeway all the time.
I couldn’t imitate anyone if I wanted to.
If you’re actually talking to someone who’s been through a disastrous number of years, that only means one thing: They survived it.
Once there are more African Americans and Asian Americans behind the scenes as producers, writers, and directors, I think more inclusive casting will happen.
I have a real no-nonsense dad who taught me how to be resilient at a very young age.
It’s not how pretty you are or how talented you are. It’s that if these five people on this day in this room like you, then you get a job.
Spina bifida affects every single aspect of your life, from your child’s self-esteem to your ability to sleep at night.
I have friends struggling with autism, juvenile diabetes.
Honestly, working with Eddie Murphy was mind-blowing just in terms of the budget alone. To see the respect he commands, to witness his presence, you understand why he and people like Martin Lawrence are stars.
I think ‘Soul Food’ had the biggest impact on me because that’s where I was really able to shine as an actress and because I also met my husband there, and that was a huge turning point in my personal life. So, that show will stick with me forever and ever and ever.
Being away from home was tough, but the challenge and the thrill of being on Broadway was so fulfilling, and I’m thankful to my husband for making it possible and holding it down at home.
You have to work hard not to take your partner for granted, even when you are tired.
I went to an all-girls private school, where we played field hockey and lacrosse.
When you set a play in the French Quarter in New Orleans, it’s hard not to acknowledge the whole African-American, French, white
mixing of races. That’s what the French Quarter is: it’s a Creole community.
Not just as a black woman, but as a woman, since the beginning of time, beauty has been our responsibility.
Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have.
Take all the hype out of the exercise and think of it as brushing your teeth.
One good step breeds another one.
I’m really into nutrition from the inside out.
I enjoy using coconut oil – not only for my skin and hair, but I’ll digest it.
Between the kids, the jobs and everything, no matter what color you are, cardio is probably not on the top of your list.
You think you need the newest shoe and the newest outfit. We forget exercising is free. We forget it only takes a little bit every day.
My humor is a lot like Kristen Wiig’s from ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘Bridesmaids.’ Quirky, off the beaten path.
I can be really silly, but I never get to do that. I’m always playing on-the-nose characters, professionals – lawyers, a serious news anchor, people with a really focused energy, which can become a cliched type.
My husband and I are loyal to our community and very approachable, even though we’re kind of mainstream.
I love Malcolm Lee and jumped on the opportunity to work with him as a director.
I believe that we have to be so race-conscious in this day and age.
I love the theater. I love being on stage; I love the live audience. I also love dressing up and all of the make-believe.
Hair is an issue for most women, and after washing, blow-drying, flat-ironing, curling, braiding, twisting and spending the time and money on it, who wants to mess it up by sweating and having to do it all over again?
I did everything pretty cliche as an actor in New York. I read the trades, I sent out ‘head shots.’
I’m kind of floating out there as an artist. I’m in a safe place where I can play a girlfriend or a best friend or a mommy or a lawyer, but a huge part of me is unused. I’m classically trained, historically inclined and somewhat revolutionary by nature, so I’m frustrated as an artist.
Every parent knows this moment in a child’s age when he or she needs your attention in a very specific way because it’s the beginning and ending of the early life of imagination. It’s such a responsibility.