You are a strong and great people with a long and amazing history. This is just a small bump in the road.
Actress and singer Renee Lawless gave an interview to Gr Press and journalist Dimitra Bogri. She talked about the begging of her career, staring in the Tv series “the Haves, and the Have Nots”, and Greece.
Ms. Lawless after such a long career in the performing arts, can you recall how did it all start?
At birth… I think I came out singing instead of crying! Always performing, even if just for my dolls. Really honestly, I was in 5th grade. My Minister of Music at Church asked me to sing a solo in the choir concert. It was dismal, but that started a chain of events that led to my singing and acting career.
One of your first acts was that on the national touring of the Beauty and the Beast in the 90’s. What are the most vivid memories from that experience and which is your fondest one?
Oh I have many memories. I guess my most vivid was the second time I went on as Mrs. Potts. I joined the tour as the understudy to Mrs. Potts and Madame Bousch. The first night I went on for her I got the call about an hour before curtain. No worries. All went well. As for the second time… We were in the middle of the first act and there was a rumor our Mrs. Potts wasn’t feeling well. I am already dressed in my “eggtimer” costume and waiting for my next entrance. Suddenly, stage management comes to the dressing room tells me I am to go on as Ms. Potts in the next scene. I had about 4 minutes. Picture it… I am in the wings being stripped and dressed by 3 people from wigs, props and wardrobe. Yes, I went on in 4 minutes to the whispers of the audience…LOL They don’t make cast change announcements until intermission. That incident prepared for many more quick changes in my career. Confirmed to always be prepared and ready for anything. My fondest memory was the many friendships I gained on that tour. They are still my friends today. Although we may not all talk or see each other often, we cheer each others successes and embrace our hardships.
Since 2013 you have been starring in the drama series “the Haves, and the Have Nots” as Katheryn Cryer. Tell me a bit about your role and about the series.
Katheryn is a very strong, proud and powerful woman. She is “old money” and has never known any other way. She takes pride in her heritage and family name both maiden and married. She tolerates her husband’s indiscretions in order to protect her name. Loves her children, but rules with an iron fist. The series really depicts what is means “TO HAVE”. Money, family or friends…what’s important?
Who is Renee when you get off the stage?
Goofy, loud, homebody, shop-a-holic, Queen of All…LOL
What are some of the qualities an aspiring stage actor must have in the beginning of their career?
ABOVE ALL…Commitment!! It’s not an easy road. If you are in it for the money or fame, GET OUT! You are setting yourself to fail. That is not a successful attitude. You have to love what you are doing and can’t imagine doing anything else. Continue to study and learn. No doesn’t mean no, just not now. There is A LOT of rejection. You need to be able to handle that with grace and move on. Tough skin is good too J
What are some of your future plans?
Naturally working on expanding my acting career. Looking at some producing projects as well. In the immediate future I have some motivational speaking engagements coming up. As well as , working on an information platform bringing awareness to Senior long term care and what we need to do now to safe guard us and our parents down the road.
Have you ever visited Greece? Would you like to?
No I have not been to Greece but would LOOOVE TO go. It’s on my top 5 places to visit.
In conclusion, what message would you like to send to the people of Greece that will read this interview?
I know Greece has been thru some trying times of late economically. I trust you will stay fast in your determination to over come these obstacles. You are a strong and great people with a long and amazing history. This is just a small bump in the road.
I am honored that you chose me to interview. I thank you for your support of “The Have and the Have Nots” and myself.