Thursday, 27 September 2012

TAKING THE LEAD: Nadean Rawlins on Meryl Streep, favourite authors, and what she values most

HOUSE PROUD: Rawlins strikes a pose inside the iconic Devon House mansion.

If you were marooned on a deserted island for days awaiting rescue, list three things that would best help you pass the time? 
(1) Pencil (2) a thick notepad (3) Lots of red rum. I would chase it with coconut water. I want to write my autobiography and what a perfect place to do it. The rum is for entertainment and to pass the time. 

What has surprised you the most about your (ongoing) evolution as an actress? 
However grateful I am for the success I have had so far as an actress, what surprises me is the success. I stumbled upon [this] acting career even though my family, teachers and friends knew I had it in me. Now I am so happy I did it, it's one of the things that keep me most motivated. 

Latest memorable fashion purchase: 
Three pairs of shoes in DSW. 

Which do you desire more: wealth or fame? 
Wealth. Fame can’t go shop, sadly. 

Meryl Streep or Glenn Close: Who gets your vote for World's Greatest Living Actress? 
Meryl Streep! How she totally becomes the character she plays. And she has done so many and none are alike. She is revered as one of the best actresses of our time, and she is one of the most humble. 

Name some of your favourite literary heroes, whether authors or characters? 
John Grisham, Dan Brown. 

What's your main goal in life these days? 
I am going to buy a house! 

What are your ideas for keeping Jamaica an artistically outstanding nation? 
We are not just a nation of athletes and singers/DJs. More exposure is needed for other artists and talents. More opportunities to showcase talents e.g. repositioning Edna Manley College, revamping the film industry, building more theatre houses, and heightening the focus on talent development is schools. This can only be achieved through major government and private sector support. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
Physically, my breasts; weight loss is great but it has its downside. Other than that, I have my ‘ways’ but who doesn't? I am pretty comfortable with who I am. 

What is it that you value in life above all else? 
There are several things I value so it is difficult to choose one, but what I value the most is this drive and commitment I have to just be the best in whatever I find a passion.

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