Q: What do you miss the most about Atlanta?
A: Most definitely going to see my grandmother, Big Mama [she turns 100 on Sunday]. I have three older brothers and a younger sister. They always come to the show. My mom is so funny. I thought it would just be my nieces and nephews coming out, but she said she would want to come as well. They are very supportive good Southern folks.
Q: You changed careers when you moved from finance to acting. Any advice for today’s job seekers hoping to reinvent themselves?
A: Reinventing yourself is such an important thing. You have to sit down and brainstorm. Write something out and don’t judge it. Make sure it is your passion that you are writing out. My goal was to be a recording artist. I still plan to put out a collection of songs and ballads or something like that. I have a producer that I’m working with in LA. Hopefully that will be done when I get back. Music is what got me into this in the first place.
"The Color Purple"
Tuesday - Sunday, September 27. $29.50-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.