Robinne Lee has been appearing on your television screens for over 17 years now on top rated films and television shows such as Hitch, Deliver Us From Eva and Seven Pounds just to name a few. As if appearing on television isn’t enough, she is now set to take over your Hulu accounts with her new comedy series “Farmed and Dangerous” set to premiere February 17th.
Check out our exclusive interview with this Being Mary Jane star as she discusses lessons learned, greatest success and being brave.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that inspired you to have an interest in the arts and become an actress? I don’t think there was anyone in particular. It goes as far back as when I was a little kid wondering how these people got into the television and questioning myself who they were and how can I get into the t.v.? Once I realized you don’t actually get “inside” the t.v. I always begged my parents to let me get into acting. I was completely fascinated by the idea of acting and being moved by stories. I’ve always felt it was a gift to be able to move people by a role and I knew I wanted to be able to affect people in that way.
parents but to prove it to myself. I didn’t want to feel like I cheated myself by not following this dream.
Oh goodness, I don’t know I’ve loved lots of roles. I’ve really enjoyed my character on Being Mary Jane, it’s been such a ride. I play this very strong character and the fun thing is I’m not that strong in real life, it’s actually a compliment to my acting. Avery Daniels is probably furthest from me as a person from any other character I’ve played before.Which is why people are so taken by it cause it’s so not like me but it makes me really happy to feel like I’ve tricked all these people into thinking I’m a strong person and I’m not. Let’s not confused strong with confidence. I feel like I’m confident and smart but I definitely am more emotional and wear my emotions on my sleeve much more than my character does. I don’t think I can stand what she’s going through with the affair, I would die.
I really think the greatest success is that if you are happy in all parts of your life. I feel like I
am very lucky that I’m in a really good relationship, I’m happily married, I have been for a while. I have two healthy kids and that part of my life is really wonderful and that makes me lucky. To have more roles as Avery Daniels, a role that people will respond to and feel something where ever they are viewing me. If I can continue to affect people like that with my work and have this great family life balance, then that’s everything. I can’t think of anything else I want.
You know, I take this class called Soul Cycle. It’s a biking/spin class and our instructor, this women Angela Davis who is so inspiring and says wonderful things, she reminds us we’re doing more than feeding our bodies, we’re also feeding our souls. So I’m taking this class, in the middle of the ride I’m sweating, I feel like I’m about to die and a year ago she said this line to me and it still stuck with me “You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be brave”. I think that’s very important. So often with me, because I’m a perfectionist and whenever I tackle something I feel like it has to be the best. It doesn’t have to be the best. I just have to give my all, take the risk and know I tried something new, it doesn’t have to be perfect. People should be able to live their lives like that, take risks, take a step outside their comfort zone and try new things – know it may not be perfect but just be brave.
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Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.