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Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.
I don't need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw. I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities.
In the madness, you have to find calm.
That's such a powerless place for me to think about: what is working against me. I don't think of what I don't have; I think of what I do and use that to get the next thing.
Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet.
One of the reasons why I went to the Yale School of Drama is because I felt that I was acting off of instinct, but sometimes that is not reliable. When you're not feeling it, what do you do? So, going to grad school was about getting the tools to just use my instrument to the best of my ability.
I learned at Yale, one of the biggest lessons was to learn how special I am and therefore how totally unspecial I am. I was special among everyone else who was special. The fact that we're all so individual and that's what makes us special.
What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one's own culture.
It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you're not expressing the utmost of your human experience.
We, as human beings, have the capacity for extreme cruelty.
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As human beings, what makes us able to empathize with people is a connection that is not necessarily understood mentally.
I give myself homework when I have an audition. I give myself goals, and that's how I check how I'm doing. It can be something simple like 'listen,' or 'find your feet.' And then afterward it's an assessment, so in a way it's not about booking the job or not. It's about what I learned as an actor about that character.
I definitely intend to create my own work in the future so that we don't have to keep saying, We don't have work for black women.'
There have been rumors and rumors and rumors about my love life. That's the one area that I really like to hold close to my heart.
I feel privileged that people are looking up to me, and perhaps a dream will be born because of my presence.
I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.
When I was younger, I was almost too afraid to admit that I wanted to be an actor. I didn't know any successful actors in Kenya, so I felt like I could get away with going to college to study film more easily than I could with saying, 'I want to be an actor.' That's what I did.
I come from a very close class. I lucked out because drama schools are often very competitive... I have fourteen classmates.
I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself - accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses.
As actors, you become an expert at starting over.
Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. The shame doesn't even belong to us, but we still experience it because we're a part of the African race. If it happened to one, it happened to all. We carry that burden.
I grew up in Nairobi, which is the capital of Kenya, so it's hustle and bustle, and there's always something going on.
My mother talked about the stories I used to spin as a child of three, before I started school. I would tell this story about what school I went to and what uniform I wore and who I talked to at lunchtime and what I ate, and my mother was like, 'This girl does not even go to school.'
Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood. And dreams are the foundation of America.
Home is where my family is.
There's always a sense of newness with acting, because every role, you come to every role fresh.
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