I tend to play characters that aren’t supposed to black or written black.
I’ve seen shows on Showtime, and they’re very provocative, if you will, but nothing to the point that’s over-the-top or gratuitous.
You don’t know why someone is in a certain circumstance and why they chose to be there. Sometimes it’s just about having an experience and learning. I don’t think you can begrudge someone that.
I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. I think it’s important to portray those kinds of women on film and television.
One thing I am really dying to do, while I’m still young and in shape, is an action movie. I would love to do a Lara Croft type of thing that’s really physical and tough. I want to have a gun and do martial arts. I would love to get paid to get into the best shape of my life.
I always like an environment where there’s lots of women and everyone’s different.
We don’t want to watch boring characters.
I’ve been to strip clubs where the dancers have these whole routines that they create just for the wow factor and to say, ‘Look how strong and physically fit I am.’ Most women couldn’t do it, and it’s not necessarily sexual. It’s just a performance.
Every actress hopes to play a wide range of characters because not often you don’t.
I wouldn’t mind spending six months a year having a private jet take me around the world to visit natural and historical landmarks like the Egyptian pyramids, Mount Kilimanjaro or the Taj Mahal.
As an actor, you are always looking for something fresh and interesting and not ordinary.
Once I accidentally left my passport in Nice, France, when I was on my way to Prague. Upon arriving in Vienna, after taking an overnight, and being asked to present my travel documents and realizing I forgot them at the hotel, they kicked me off the train and sent me back!
I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. I think it’s important to portray those kinds of women on film and television. Especially as a black woman, I think it’s important.
Obviously, there’s the seedy side of the strip club world and pole dancing. But, pole dancing, as an art form, is really beautiful. It’s been hyper-sexualized because it’s associated with strippers, but if you think about it, just in terms of other kinds of dancing, they’re using an instrument to create these amazing dance forms.
Besides finding a great place to stay, it’s important for me to find at least one cultural destination to visit, other than that, I don’t like to plan too much. I like to suss out the situation when I get on the ground and then go!