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ROQUEMORE ACTRESS: THE MINDY PROJECT interview: maranda pleasant

JUST BEING HERSELF MARANDA PLEASANT: What makes you come alive or inspires you? XOSHA ROQUEMORE: So many different things make me come alive: performing for people, making people laugh, music and dancing or any kind of physical activity that gets me out of my head and into my body. I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings and people I see that are “killing it.” MP: What makes you feel vulnerable? XR: Honestly, not being well received makes me feel very vulnerable. Not being included or regarded highly enough makes me crazy. In my industry, it’s unfortunately something I’ll have to deal with. So I try not to take things too personally, because most of the time, people aren’t even thinking about anyone else but themselves. MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be? XR: “Operate from a place of love, be kind, and be yourself.” MP: Do you have a daily routine? XR: My daily routine varies, but there are certain things I try to stick to, like journaling in the morning and establishing my mood before I check any social media or take any calls or e-mails. That helps get me started on the right foot. MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life? XR: A big lesson that I’m always having to be reminded of is, you can’t control how you feel, but you can control how you respond. I can be very reactionary. It’s a gift and a curse. MP: What truth do you know for sure? XR: I know for sure that everything will work out. No matter how crazy

or bleak the situation is, it will work out. Everything passes, good and bad.

A big lesson that I’m always having to be reminded of is, you can’t control how you feel, but you can control how you respond.”

MP: Tell me about your latest projects. XR: My latest project is season three of The Mindy Project—Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30 p.m. (CST) on Fox. MP: What is love for you? XR: Love for me is family, close friends—an unbreakable, unconditional bond. Love is people telling you when you do something wrong and being there to celebrate when you do something right! Love is support, kindness, and warmth. That’s all I have so far; I’m still figuring it out. Xosha Roquemore steals the show weekly as outspoken nurse Tamra on Fox’s hit comedy The Mindy Project. Film audiences know her from GBF, The Butler, and Precious. She’s a Los Angeles native who enjoys living a healthy California lifestyle. PHOTO: THEO & JULIET PHOTOGRAPHY

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