what I have underneath all that. What I have is my life experience. When you watch me act, if you like what you see, cool. But hopefully when I deliver lines, you pay attention to the feeling that I’m trying to portray. I don’t just want to be known for one thing.
EBONY: If you could script the next 19 years of your career, what might that look like?
SM: The best way to describe my life and my career is in two words: Who Knew? I didn’t and I don’t. I now know what I’m going to do for the rest of my life as a professional. And that is, I love to tell stories and I love to act. I’ve been blessed from Young and the Restless to Criminal Minds and Soul Train to Diary of a Mad Black Woman to Brothers and everything else in between.
I’m now living a dream; I’m now doing something that people wish they could do, and I have so many supporters that follow me and root for me and love me. And even though I’ve been in this game 19 years, I honestly feel like I’m just beginning. I want to chase down Jamie Foxx. I want to chase down George Clooney. Brad Pitt. Jeremy Renner. Anthony Hopkins. Will Smith. All those guys.
I don’t want to be them, but I would love an opportunity to have a career like them. It’s not about being a movie star. In my younger years, when I first started, I wanted to be a movie star. I wanted people to know my name, I wanted to have my name up in lights. And I still want those things, but that’s not my goal. My goal is to be well respected for the stories that I tell.