I was a certified sales assistant. I used to work for AT&T. And my wife, she was a securities supervisor for a large company since she was 18. We ended up getting put out of our apartment because they said we were nuisances, because we were putting in manager requests to fix it up. After that, we ended up here. We understand that we’re homeless. But just because we’re homeless doesn’t mean that this isn’t our home. This is the house that we built.
I asked someone the other day what people think of me and they said: “Unattainable, but relatable,” which is an oxymoron. The pictures of me out in public are me all dolled up. What people don’t see is I’m kind of goofy. My kids can attest to that. And while I try not to take myself too seriously, I really think things over. I analyse my history and I bring it forward to make my present better. Watching the unfolding of my mother’s demise was hard. She was an alcoholic.
My face is still the same, my heart perhaps has changed. It’s more grown up than when I started acting and it doesn’t allow for being put in a box. With time comes experience and you learn that if you don’t break out of those boxes yourself, no one else will allow you to. I don’t feel entitled to anything. Hard work is the common denominator in every bit of success I’ve had. Growing up, my family wasn’t wealthy, but we had each other and a mother who worked hard to give us the things we needed.
I just got on a bus that a class of about 20 six year olds got off. Each of them shouted, “Bye, Felicia” to the driver and didn’t look back, and they are giving me more joy than all the adults in this world put together.
"When I was 14, I got diagnosed with mono. My father made me feel dirty, like I’d done something terrible for kissing somebody. It taught me to never make my children feel bad about themselves for something like that."
@AndieMacDowell3 shares life lessons
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