How are you staying connected this Mother's Day, given the current circumstances in the world?
Lots of FaceTime! I have a big family so luckily there’s lots of family around to check in with. And those of us who can drive (embarrassingly not me!) do grocery drops for more vulnerable family members.
The duality and bond between Mother and Daughter is unparalleled, what traits of your mum do you also possess?
My mum is like my best friend, we’re incredibly similar. I think I’m slowly morphing into her. Subconsciously I started dressing like her when she was young and had my hair cut like hers. We share the same sense of humour, love for 80s music and interior design.
My mum is a full-time working single mum of four. She is incredibly hard working but also puts family first. I’ve definitely learnt that from her as well. My siblings and I were also raised by our grandparents who are integral to who we are as well. So when I celebrate Mother’s Day, I also celebrate my strong grandmothers and my aunts as well.
An inspiring and powerful woman in her own right, what has been the best lesson your Mum has offered you?
“Act with dignity and humility.” and “Everything you do, you also do for your people.”
My grandmothers also brought me up to be a ‘Proud Black Woman’ and always told me to “Walk into a room with your head held high”.
Given your family's heritage, do you feel like acting and activism was destined to be on the cards for you?
From pretty early on I knew what I wanted to do. My family has always been very supportive of my dreams. A huge part of my identity is connected to my family and heritage. I’m incredibly proud of my family and acknowledge the sacrifices they’ve made for me to be where I am today. I couldn’t have done any of this without them.