If you’re looking for someone who bucks the Hollywood trend of it being hard out here for a black actress, look no further than Kimberly Elise. Just this past weekend the star had two TV movie premieres, A Day Late and a Dollar Short on Lifetime, and Apple Mortgage Cake, the true-life story of Angela Logan, a single mother of three boys with a house in foreclosure who raised $4,000 in 10 days by backing Apple cakes, on UP. Plus her hit VH1 show Hit The Floor is returning for a second season in just one month.

When we had the chance to chat with the 47-year-old star last week, we asked her if there’s a secret to her success, particularly with so many African American actresses lamenting the difficulties of finding roles these days, and she told us:

“I really look at life as positively as I can and I definitely believe in the half full philosophy and celebrating what is going on and what is great. I find that that attracts more good things in my life. I don’t spend a lot of time focusing on what isn’t happening but what is happening and things just keep happening so i’m very grateful for that.”

Elise said shes also looking forward to the day when the colorism conversation is no longer a conversation, and we assure you she’s not alone in that. Check out the video above to see what Elise also had to say about her favorite role as well as her friendship with Denzel Washington, and the back story on her latest movie Apple Mortgage Cake, which will air again on UP the following dates:

Saturday, April 26, 5 and 9 p.m. EST

Sunday, May 11, 3 and 9 p.m. EST

Friday, May 16, 9 and 11 p.m. EST

Monday, May 19, 9 p.m. EST

Make sure you check it out!

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