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At this point, I think it’s safe to say that actress Malinda Williams is an industry vet. Many actresses who have been in the industry as long as she has often express difficulty in maintaining longevity in such an age-biased industry; however Malinda recently joked during an interview with Rolling Out that her “good genes” have a lot to do with the maximization of her acting career. Check out some highlights from her candid interview below.

On maintaining longevity in the industry:

“I definitely feel I have been blessed with a charmed life. One of my advantages I think I have is I have a ‘youthful’ look, so that’s great and adds to my longevity. I played a teenager for a very long time, a young lady for a very long time. It lengthens the time span of playing different roles. I like to choose roles and create a résumé that affects an audience in an emotional way. The saying goes “People will forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel.” It’s always been about how I make [the audience] feel.”

On staying in shape:

“Well, I am blessed with good genes and don’t have to work out all the time. I have a grandfather who is 103 years old and still is walking on his own. We have good genes and we “grilled” my grandfather on what he eats [to stay so healthy]. He eats lots of prunes and yams — at least a yam a day. You will still see me at a drive-thru at McDonald’s ordering a cheeseburger with some fries [laughs].”

On handling criticism:

“It used to be you would read something about yourself in a magazine and that was it for a couple of sentences. Now with all the social media, you get comments, etc. … You have to take everything with a grain of salt. I am not concerned anymore [like I used to be]. I read them but I don’t absorb them.”

Catch flicks from her adorable photo shoot on the following pages.

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