Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais Mixes It Up [INTERVIEW]

‘I Am Mixed,’ featuring a biracial family, marks the actress’s first foray into kids’ literature

Kelley L. Carter

by Kelley L. Carter, August 08, 2013

Garcelle Beauvais

Photo courtesy of Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ES

It’s sort of like a coming-of-age for all three of us within the story. I’m excited about playing a character where it’s not about the glamour, it’s about the layers of the character.

EBONY: You’ve said you want to go behind the scenes. The season is so ripe for that right now for Black women. Shonda Rhimes definitely has led the pack, I see Ava Duvernay is directing at least one episode of Scandal, Debbie Allen too, and so on and so forth. Are black women finally getting a strong footing in Hollywood?

GB: I think so many times we have to create it in order for it to happen. [Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay] are leading the way, and I hope to follow in their footsteps. I don’t have the desire to direct, but I would love to produce. I think directing takes so much time, and I want to be with my family. I feel like if I produce the project, I could do that and be creative and yet still be home.

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