Stacy Rose | Actor
On the experiences that helped her figure out her path as an actor:
I went through the traditional education route. I have bachelor's degree's, and I worked in Corporate America, and I just remember feeling every second of the day roll on me. I knew when it was 9 a.m. or when it was 10:30 a.m. and from that, I truly had a visceral reaction to being in the corporate world. The one thing that made me say to myself that acting is my calling is when I worked for Disney. Every year, they used to do a vacation planning video and we were working on the Disney property for several hours at a time. Now, I didn't normally watch the time when I was on set, but I just remember being lost in every minute of the day. I would marvel at how time flew by at the end of the day. It was the best feeling in the world.
On the role that forced her out of her comfort zone:
I would say my role on Ballers did. The character, Dr. Robbins, is a little more hard-nosed than I am. She represents a side of myself that I don't usually walk around with on a daily basis. It was fun to find her. But beyond that, working on that level with Dwayne Johnson and all these amazing actors and directors made me really belly up to the bar. [Laughs] It required more of me, and it made do the best work that I possibly could do. I was more aware of my environment, and what was at stake on the set of Ballers.
On the importance of health with regards to people of color:
We only get one body when it comes to our health and our well-being. Being a woman of faith, I understand the importance of being good stewards of what we've been given. It's important for us to take care of our total well-being. Coming from the Caribbean, I know that there are certain conditions that we're more inclined to develop. We really can't blame anyone for our poor health. As my grandmother would say, "Every pot has to sit on its own butt." Everybody has to be accountable for themselves. There must come a point in our lives that we decide to make the right choices for the sake of our health.
On roles that she would turn down:
As mentioned before, I am a woman of faith. That is who I am, and acting is what I do. At the end of the day, I have to be true to who I am, because if not, I'm not happy. For me, it's important that I tell certain stories. Stories that uplift, and encourage people. This is a big business, so I may not have total control of the project, but if I don't, I want the character that I play to be one that is uplifting and a great role model. I don't want to do anything that would embarrass my mom. [Laughs]