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Born: 1971-09-19
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I liked the fact that there were so many different representations of black women and black men in the movie. It wasn't like we all had the same agenda.

Tags: Black, Men, Women

I love going to the movies and getting Raisinets, a big tub of popcorn and a Coke. That's definitely a guilty pleasure because I can't be doing that all the time.

Tags: Love, Movies, Time

I really prefer the actual experience of being onstage and living the character from beginning to end with the energy of the audience. There's nothing that beats that feeling, and yet I really have trouble with the eight shows a week.

Tags: Character, End, Experience

I think Hollywood is so driven by money, the people who are making the decisions are not necessarily reflective of the melting pot, so what stories are you going to want to tell? You're going to want to tell stories about yourself.

Tags: Decisions, Money, Yourself

I was working straight for nine months and I'm exhausted. I'm ready to relax for a little while and read. I don't want to work for work sake; I have to be excited about it.

Tags: While, Work, Working

I'll eventually go back to theater because the feeling of being on stage where you have the audience right there, you can't replace that with anything.

Tags: Audience, Feeling, Stage

I'm loving the ingredients that are in Pantene, and it smells so good, and that's important to me. It has cassia and aloe vera. The cassia flower is really good for strengthening hair strands and the aloe is wonderful for moisturizing.

Tags: Flower, Good, Wonderful

In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys. Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero, so that was a tradition that started.

Tags: Hero, Time, Woman

In terms of facial creams or lotions, I try to switch it up and stay as natural as possible. l like Le Mer facial cream for when I have an event. It's very rich and sometimes too rich for some people, but I like it.

Tags: Rich, Sometimes, Try

People may know me from films, but theater is my first love. I did about 35 plays before I even landed my first screen role. I'm very comfortable on stage, and theater is not something you can just wing.

Tags: Love, May, Stage

The Alien is gross, scary. There is something in a human being that looks at them and sees it as a cockroach. You can never feel nurturing towards the cockroach.

Tags: Human, Looks, Scary

The great thing about the stage is that you have a structured month-long rehearsal period where you're going in every day. You have to have lots of run-throughs with theater because there are no second takes in front of a live audience.

Tags: Great, Second, Takes

There is a lot of struggle in being an actor; you need so much emotional strength, no matter what level of stardom you have, that it's nice to have something steady.

Tags: Emotional, Nice, Strength

Being strong can be also feminine. I don't think feminine equals being weak. Being strong is very sexy.

Tags: Sexy, Strong, Weak

I did work out every day. I needed it to have the endurance to do what needed to be done and not get hurt. I have such a new respect for action stars now.

Tags: Hurt, Respect, Work

Good storytelling appeals to me - good writing.

Tags: Appeals, Good, Writing

I got nominated for a Tony, which was a complete surprise. It was an experience that I will always cherish.

Tags: Cherish, Experience, Surprise

I have dated all races, and I believe you should be free to do whatever you want.

Tags: Free, Races, Whatever

I look forward to going to work. Everybody is at the top of their game. It was like we just got to play.

Tags: Forward, Game, Work

I think I'm a character actress in a leading lady's body, but the industry doesn't really see me that way.

Tags: Body, Character, Lady

I wouldn't want anyone to destroy the earth.

Tags: Anyone, Destroy, Earth

I've never gotten any complaints about my headscarf from a man. You can be sexy with a head wrap!

Tags: Complaints, Head, Sexy

If someone has already done a role I'm about to do, I won't watch the original until after I'm finished playing the role.

Tags: After, Done, Someone

If you're in love and there's that chemistry, that's what it's all about.

Tags: Chemistry, Love

Kelsey Grammer is one of the best actors I've ever worked with.

Tags: Best, Worked

My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer; she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn't even think about becoming an actress.

Tags: Dad, Mom, She
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People make jokes about how black people are the first ones to be killed off.

Tags: Black, Jokes, Off

Some of us just have to work harder to stay in the game.

Tags: Game, Stay, Work

Sometimes when you don't care, people are attracted to that.

Tags: Attracted, Care, Sometimes

To make a movie is very grueling at times. Long, long hours and cold weather.

Tags: Cold, Times, Weather

When you have a play, you have to be on every night.

Tags: Night

When you're on a set it can be very tedious and slow. It's just not as big as when you see it on film.

Tags: Big, Film, Slow

You would never expect a black woman to be the hero.

Tags: Black, Hero, Woman

As different as me and Sigourney look is as different as these two characters are. I'm not filling her shoes. I'm doing a part that has the same monsters, but it's a completely different movie.

Tags: Her, Movie, Shoes

CGI is done after the film is done. It's through the computer. Most of the film is not computer-generated special effects. Most of it is that creature that is in the room with you.

Tags: After, Done, Special

I come from the theater, and I've done a lot of character work in the theater, but Hollywood stuff in film and TV, they've been more leading lady/ingenue type roles.

Tags: Character, Done, Work

I didn't get to see Predator until halfway through shooting. It was great to get an education while I was shooting because it made me excited to be part of this legacy.

Tags: Education, Great, Until

I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.

Tags: Basketball, Dance, Learning