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Born: 1979-01-24
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I had short hair for a while, but I ended up loving it.

Tags: Hair, Short, While

Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents.

Tags: College, Parents, School

Being on Disney, a lot of young people look up to me.

Tags: Disney, Young

I even lived on campus to get the college experience. I had five roommates and I still keep in touch with them while I'm on the road.

Tags: College, Experience, Keep

I never set out to be a role model, but I guess parents like it because I am dedicated to school.

Tags: Parents, Role, School

I was only 11 when we filmed the pilot. The idea of a rapper being a star on a sitcom just wasn't heard of.

Tags: Heard, Idea, Star

I'm doing a play, a musical. The musical follows the Mamma Mia concept. It's my first LA theater project.

Tags: Musical, Project, Theater

I'm going to go to school. It doesn't matter what the outcome is as long as I did it. I can say I did it.

Tags: Matter, Outcome, School

Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been a democracy with the institution of slavery?

Tags: America, Democracy, Truly

Videos are more like photography. It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.

Tags: Story, Tell, Trying

Will Smith said if I ever need some help, he was there for me.

Tags: Help, Said, Smith

Working with Bill Cosby was incredible. I was lucky to be a part of that.

Tags: Incredible, Lucky, Working

Combine that with the fact that we only had one week to get everything taken care of and to get to know one another, whereas most shows get two weeks. It looked like we would never have a chance.

Tags: Another, Care, Chance

I think artists need the freedom to fail and I gave myself that freedom.

Tags: Artists, Fail, Freedom

I was a really bad teenager and I got my tongue pierced. I don't even remember where I did it, but it was under very surreptitious circumstances.

Tags: Bad, Remember, Tongue

I wasn't the best waitress in the world, but I was cheerful and worked hard.

Tags: Best, Cheerful, Hard

If you have a perfectionist streak - and who doesn't? - running can kill the perfectionist inside you.

Tags: Inside, Running, Streak

Mostly I do Iyengar. I like anything that's hard enough to make me cry in class. I like to be pushed over my limit and broken down a little bit.

Tags: Broken, Enough, Hard

To me the voice has always been the way to start any character. Once I find that, I'm good to go.

Tags: Character, Good, Start

I always felt like there wasn't a blueprint for father-daughter relationships - for them or for us. Because what are they supposed to do with us, treat us like boys, or small women, or what? Father-daughter relationships are so unique from family to family, and I'd love to watch it explored more onstage.

Tags: Family, Love, Women

I can't write about rich people having relationship problems and breaking up in New York. I don't know that world of Terrence McNally. I knew I had to write people who talk the way I talk. And they talked very different than Terrence McNally.

Tags: Problems, Rich, Talk

It absolutely helped - to write the father in both 'Juicy' and 'Beasts,' I had to see the whole story from his point of view. All of a sudden I understood more of what my own father must be going through - the fear, the frustration, the anger... the hope that he'll leave a legacy.

Tags: Anger, Fear, Hope

My dad doesn't like religion much, but I grew up very close to the Baptist tradition. God isn't this distant thing. God is right here with you all the time. He's your buddy, and you can talk about everything.

Tags: God, Religion, Time
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My dad, like many Southern men, is this very emotionally expressive person who isn't as articulate in words about his feelings as he is with breaking a chair or something like that.

Tags: Dad, Feelings, Men

My grandmother had six kids - one died as an infant - and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo's magic feather.

Tags: Education, Happiness, Mom

Oh, I love to read more than anything. I always love the 'New Stories From the South' anthologies - I think it's the best short fiction collection anywhere, just filled with treasures.

Tags: Best, Love, Short

There are so many remarkable playwrights working right now, that I see everything I can. Annie Baker is a genius, I'll see anything she writes. The same for Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Hopkins, and Lisa D'Amour. Anything they've got going on, I'll go see.

Tags: Genius, She, Working
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