What are the pros and cons to being a really outspoken, opinionated woman of color in the public eye today? How do you think your acting career has been affected by your activism?
Well, its interesting, I think people always assume that I’m mad. I’m not. (laughing) I’m, like, cool with everything and people always assume I’m an angry person. Still, I am critical of certain things. I’m critical of certain stances. Now living in the South—I live in Atlanta where we film Drop Dead Diva—I’m very aware of the divides of race and divides of culture and homophobia and sexism. Its a reality and I have to comment on it, I need to talk about it. I don’t know how its affected my work as an actor, just because I’m mostly in the realm of stand up comedy, where opinion is valued and it’s fine. You can talk about things and you can have a career and still be very progressive.
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