Sunday, 20 January 2013

GREENER PASTURES: Actress Abigail Grant heads to the States to broaden her horizons

DREAM GIRL: It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,“ says Grant.

In repeated interviews, Abigail Grant has emphasized a fervent desire to explore new frontiers in her artistic life. As it happens, the talented actress is now one step closer to realizing her dream, due in large part to her planned migration to the United States this week. As she tells it, after months of wait-and-see, her dad has successfully filed for her. 

“I am ready to broaden my horizons. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do because as I’ve said before I definitely want to try and get into film and hopefully Broadway,” she tells TALLAWAH over the phone, mere hours before her scheduled departure. “The timing right now is not the best because I have a show [Scandal] going on. But everything happens for a reason.” 

Grant assures us, though, that her Jamaican fans have not seen the last of her. “The move is just for now, to test the waters and see what else is out there,” she explains, adding that she might return to the island in December to perform in the traditional end-of-year comedy by Stages Productions. 

The actress, who gave a terrific, buzzworthy performance in Scandal, says she will miss the mix of fun and anxiety that fuelled her work as a Jamaican stage actress. “I’m feeling mixed emotions because I love being on stage here, and feeling the adrenaline rush of performing before a Jamaican audience. So I’m feeling a bit confused, but very excited.” 

So where does she plan on kicking off her American sojourn? New York City, the mecca of big-dream chasers? “Oh, definitely,” Grant tells me, laughing. “That’s a great, great place to start.”

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