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Actor Transformation: What are you working on right now?
Michelle Jewsbury – I recently completed a run of my play, “But I Love Him” – a solo show, at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in July 2016. I used my experience from starring in the play Proof back in 2011 to write, produce and perform in the 65 minute drama. In August 2016 I completed the first draft of my memoir, But I Love Him, and I am scheduled to be interviewed on KKLA’s show Bring It Up! with Deb & Cindy early 2017. I also just filmed a regional commercial with Iconoclast productions!
AT – Yes, We heard you have a book coming out soon. Tell us about that …
MJ – The beginning of 2012 I began a relationship with a man who became physically and emotionally abusive. I stayed for over three years. During this time I suffered two severe beatings that should have resulted in hospitalization and multiple abusive explosions from my perpetrator. My book, But I Love Him, is about why I stayed, details of specific events, and why I left. I hope to encourage men and women around the globe who have suffered from domestic violence and enlighten others about this all too common issue that demands immediate attention.
AT – Not only are you an actress, playwright, & author, but you are doing amazing work all around the globe as an activist. Tell us about your work as a humanitarian.
MJ – I have always had a heart for the less fortunate. In May 2014 I took my first humanitarian trip to Guatemala and have been to four countries since helping underprivileged youth and women. In 2015 I embarked in a career as Vice President for Young Vision Africa, a non-profit doing humanitarian work in Sierra Leone. I stayed with YVA until August 2016 when I decided to leave the organization to focus my efforts on ending domestic violence.
AT – You have been interviewed by A Girls Guide to a Man’s World, Everyday Extraordinary Women, and Suicide Girls talk radio about your book and play. What has this process been like for you?
MJ – Often times I say that God makes beautiful things out of broken pieces. The awareness that I have been able to spread because of various interviews has been exhilarating and unbelievably healing. I hope to continue speaking about my past experiences and future accolades. I strive to inspire those who have struggled with violent pasts and to reassure victims to stay positive because their life can and will be remarkable.
AT – You were on Soultrain and Dance 360. Are you a dancer?
MJ – I wouldn’t consider myself a dancer, just a girl who knows how to shake it. I was a varsity cheerleader at Moanalua High School where my team taught me to keep a rhythm. I love music. In 2011 I worked on Music and Memories, a documentary about The Platters. I loved meeting Jean Bennett and dancing a bit on set when the camera wasn’t rolling!
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