“So we walked into this huge mansion and we went into the bathroom and as soon as I went into the bathroom I slipped, and just ate it. Just fell. And like not even just a stumble, I was fully on the ground.”
I realized being healthy is the most important thing I can do for myself. Now, I’m trying to embrace the skin I’m in. It’s difficult sometimes. Every day I have to look in the mirror and make the choice to be kind to myself. This is who I am—I have to love that.
Part of being healthy is being positive. I don’t pay attention to the Internet or bloggers. I surround myself with positive people. I run a few miles on the beach every day, and I got into transcendental meditation to try to find some peace in my crazy life. It reminds me to be grateful for where I am, for my body, and my face—as imperfect as any of it may be.
When the curtain rises on that something this month, audiences will
find themselves face-to-face with a past that feels as alive as the
present, with Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom, Jr.), James Madison (Okieriete
Onaodowan), Thomas Jefferson (Diggs), and George Washington (Jackson)
strutting onto the stage—a rap crew in costume designer Paul Tazewell’s
frock coats and breeches—and Burr asking:
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
From Kail’s fluid staging to Andy Blankenbuehler’s sexy, propulsive
choreography, the number crackles with the fierce urgency of now. David
Korins’s bi-level set of shipbuilders’ wood and brick invokes an
unfinished country, populated by an ensemble that looks on as the action
unfolds, witnesses (as we are) to history. “Musicals are about
transitions,” Kail says. “I knew that every scene change would be done
by the people who were building America.”
If you need to put me down a lot in order to level the playing field or something? If you are threatened by some part of what I do and want to cut me down to size in order to make it even? That won’t work.