Thursday, 12 August 2010

EAT, PRAY, LOVE! 12 Revelations from Jamerican actress Debra Ehrhardt


AT THE THEATUH: Ehrhardt and I share lens time; (below, Ehrhardt with the Miss Jamaica World 2010 hopefuls).


If her absorbing one-woman show Jamaica, Farewell is any reliable indicator, Debra Ehrhardt has led a complicated, gratifying life in full – and then some. Family and the arts rank high on her list of passions, but there is so much more to Debbie. A day before her well-supported opening night at the Theatre Place in New Kingston, Ehrhardt allowed TALLAWAH to exclusively pick her brain on everything from Jamaican dishes to spirituality to sexy Black men!


The most rewarding thing about doing Jamaica, Farewell since the get-go…

How well-received it’s been by so many people, regardless of gender, race or geographical background. Jamaica Farewell has been performed in Canada, the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and the UK numerous times.

Two things I miss most about Jamaica when I’m away...

The fruits that you certainly can’t get in the USA and the “can-do” attitude of my Jamaican people. I’m very proud of where I came from. I make sure the world knows this through my work.

My go-to confidence-boosters…

It’s a great feeling to see the positive reaction from people who see my work, but nothing beats just hanging out with family and dear friends.


Favourite actor…

Morgan Freeman! He’s such a versatile actor. He has a timeless quality about him. And he has such a wonderful speaking voice! People don’t see him as a “black” actor. They just see him as an actor, someone that delivers the performance they want to see and experience.

Worst nickname I ever received…

I think I’m the only Jamaican who never had a nickname!

Ideal vacation involves...

Apart from returning to Jamaica often, I would have to say Italy. My husband’s Italian, and he’s shown me the most intimate and beautiful parts of his country.

The last good book I read and couldn't put down…

Pieces of the Past, written by a fellow Jamaican, Dr. Rebecca Tortello. I am sort of a history buff. And I learnt so much from that book about Jamaica’s history. It’s a must read!

Must-have dessert and favourite Jamaican dishes...

I must have a spicy patty in my hand – preferably two. Oh, and I must have them with cocoa-bread. And coconut water to wash it down. And I just can’t get enough of East Indian mangoes.

Qualities I most respect in a mate; the sexiest thing about Black men…

Confidence, loyalty and a sense of humour.

The importance of spirituality and prayer in my life…

My mother was a very religious person. Religion was a significant part of my life when growing up. It does influence my work as both a performer and writer.


Best relationship advice I received from my mother is...

Be independent. You want to be with someone because you want to, not because you need to.


The moment I realized I wanted a life on the stage was...

When I was a child telling my stories to anyone who would listen and seeing their reaction to what I created.


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