Monday, 19 August 2019

THE OTHER SIDE OF: Karen Harriott dishes on good friends, good food and inspiring young Jamaicans

CHANGE AGENT: "A big part of my focus will be on motivating youngsters and doing a lot of spiritual work," Hariott says of future plans.

AT age 50-plus, celebrated character actress Karen Harriott continues to find work that not only excites her but pushes her to produce stellar, award-worthy performances. Recently, she was one of the guest performers in the ensemble dramedy Remember You Owe Me at Freedom Ministry’s 2019 renewal of the Earth Runnin’ drama series. Up next for Harriott: filming a family TV series with costars Rosie Murray, Deron Silvera and Glen ‘Titus’ Campbell. She spoke with TALLAWAH… 

One thing that always cheers me up is: Having a chat with my good friends Deon Silvera and Nadine Sutherland. 

My favourite movie is: I have so many, but right now I am really enjoying the work of our Jamaican filmmakers. I just saw Sprinter, which I liked. Several of our local creators are turning out good work, and you have to applaud them. 

These days I’m most grateful for: Life, and good health and the ability to bring a smile to people’s faces. 

Oxtail or pork? I don’t eat meat. 

The best thing I can cook is: Grilled salmon with steamed vegetables and white rice. 

My idea of perfect happiness is: Having good people around me to enjoy a moment, whether it is spiritual or secular. 

In five years I’ll be: Doing a lot more motivational work. Family-wise, my kids will be grown. I’m not sure I’ll be a grandma yet (Laughs). A big part of my focus will be on motivating youngsters and doing a lot of spiritual work. I want to tap into that side of me.

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