LisaRaye Dishes On The Perks Of Being Black And 40+ In Hollywood
We often hear about the struggles in regard to what it means to be an aging Black woman in Hollywood, but rarely do we ever hear actresses gush about the upside of being mature and distinguished in the industry. 45-year-old actress LisaRaye McCoy recently sat down to do just that with the ladies over at CocoaFab and her positivity was quite refreshing.
“It shows our maturity. When you have someone that’s around that has wisdom that demands and has respect automatically. And so even my set, even Single Ladies, when I walk on the set, I feel like I’m bringing all my experience to the table and that’s status and that’s to be respected,” the Chicago native express.
“You see me here, you see me there, bop, bop, bop! I do that deliberately, because I don’t care to just work and grind all the time, I like to play a lot. I like to be leisure. So I feel good and the show helps me, because everyone on the show is in their 30s and I feel it! But for VH 1 to say to me, ‘No! We want you in the midst of the other two girls and on this show …’ it’s telling the audience that’s 40, that’s 50 that’s watching the show, ‘Yeah, you can look like this too! You can hang too!’ So I get a lot of older women that go, ‘Girl, you giving those 30 year-olds a run for they money!’ And my answer is like, ‘Yes, I am!’
She went on to share that she appreciates how her experience allows her to nurture those around her.
“I’m a nurturer, I like to share. So I share and I’m looking at an eye that’s different than just an actress now.”
“I’m almost behind the scenes of Single Ladies. I’m watching the directing, I’m watching the lighting, I’m watching the rehearsals, I’m watching the marks, I’m watching the girls act as they’re saying it to me and there’s a method to the madness,” she continued.
The former first lady of Turks and Caicos adds that acting is no easy task, but she insists that she’s always up for the challenge.
“This is not easy. People think that you just dress up and you look cute and learn a couple lines. It’s like, Are you kidding me? I gotta know what he’s saying to me, so I gotta know his lines too. This is like a big play, but we break it up and we have like seven, eight scenes a day. That’s a lot, but it’s great for my memory. I was saying that this morning. I said, ‘You know what? This is allowing me to hone my craft, for real, because my memory is like this [snap]!’ They threw a scene at me yesterday, this production we had to do a change, a switcheroo and they…it was a three-page scene. At first I was like, For real? I mean, really? And I’m doing this in an hour? Really? But I quickly turned it around, mind over matter, and said, They must believe that I can do this and so I am. And did the hell out of it. “
She also shared how her faith allowed her to release a lot of the stress in her life.
“I think I’m just in a more thankful and appreciative place in life. Just knowing that I want to let go of the reins and let God tell me where to go. I’m tired. I’m like, ‘You know what? I’ve been trying to do this thing myself, let me give you a shot at it; let me see what you got to bring to the table,’ and it’s just been wonderful. It’s been less stress, and you just walk lighter. I need to be lighter.”