MAD ABOUT YOU: Wright gives costar Rolando Fagan the silent treatment.
“I love seafood,” says actress Trishana Wright, enjoying some post-performance downtime at the Phoenix Theatre in New Kingston, where she’s co-starring in her first play, Sugar Daddy, and earning raves for her breakout role as ambitious good girl Kysan. Wright also loves her pasta, balanced meals and lots of water to keep her sharp and looking fly-girl fly.
In the play, Wright has to grapple with mountains of stress (thanks largely to Kysan’s trifling boyfriend Jermaine), but in real life, the actress has a simple formula for keeping the stress at bay. “I believe in confronting the problem, no matter what it is, and trying to handle it as best as possible. But if it’s not something I can deal with, I just leave it alone,” says the 23-year-old up-and-comer who earns her nine-to-five as a quality assurance analyst.
Sugar Daddy is an action-packed erotic drama, which means nudity and sex. How does one prepare for a sex scene for live theatre? Wright blushes. “There is no specific way to prepare,” says the actress, who has to shed her clothes and her inhibitions for a red-light moment with co-star David Tulloch. “I forget about the audience. I try to motivate myself and tell myself, ‘You’ll be good,’ because I know I have to deliver and be ready to play my role.”
Thankfully, she’s working with a team of supportive cast members. “We are a family. We motivate each other backstage. We’re always praying and laughing and just enjoying the experience.”
As she tells TALLAWAH, Wright, a Kingstonian, is a ghetto girl born and raised, but she long decided that where she’s from was never going to define her.
“I’m getting to experience different levels of myself. I don’t believe in settling for less than the best,” says the young woman who graduated from Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy in 2013 and excelled at the 2016 World Championship of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, taking home silver and bronze medals.
“You just have to believe in yourself and invest in yourself and know that you were born to be great,” she says.
A huge fan of Taraji P. Henson and the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Wright is excited by the endless possibilities that await her. “I see me going as far as I can go,” she admits. “There’s no limit. They say the sky is the limit, but I feel like I’m soaring above the sky right now.”