I remember seeing ‘Snow White’ and saying to my mother, ‘Will there ever be a Chocolate Brown?’ She said ‘Probably. Why not?’ I just never thought the first black princess would be me.
Athletes and actors do really crazy things, and we do them under weird circumstances because we love what we do and because we take things in an extreme manner.
I know some of those ‘Glee’ people, and they can really sing! I wish we could hear them live, because I know some of them and they can really sing like nobody’s business.
I love going to the beach in the tropics and doing whatever I do – surfing, swimming or being – and the glow when I get a tan that deepens. I walk around with red and gold in my skin and feel like the most beautiful thing on the planet!
As a person who came from a small town and had dreams of becoming an actor, I know what it’s like to have no support system for what it is that you want to do. A lot of people think you don’t have a chance.
I always dreamed of being a voice in a Disney movie, and even in those dreams, I never once dreamed of being a princess. I just wanted to be a voice.
I think New Orleans is such a beautiful city. It looks like a fairytale when you walk through the French Quarter or the Garden District. There is such a lush sense of color, style, architecture – and the people themselves.
I loved Disney. ‘Fantasia’ was my first, favorite Disney movie. And it just kept going. I loved ‘Bambi.’ I loved ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and ‘Snow White’ and even ‘Mary Poppins’ which wasn’t even fully animated – it was just a little bit animated. They were such a part of my growing up years; I was just very connected to them.
I went to grad school in San Francisco, and then left for New York City with my eye on Broadway. I had saved $5000, which seemed like a lot of money in my mind… until I realized it was going to take $2500 to get to New York and then the first and last month’s rent.