Reggie Lee
Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Reggie Lee: Stepping into the “shoes” of someone’s life other than my own, great movies such as Cinema Paradiso, scenic landscapes, the work of Daniel Day-Lewis, the books of Joel Goldsmith, traveling, doughnuts, ice cream.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

RL: My nieces, the elderly, hospitals, kids, and the impoverished.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

RL: “We are all one, so let’s help each other out.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

RL: Meditation and amazing family and friends.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

RL: First thing I do when I get up is journal, meditate, read.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

RL: Everything we will ever need, we already have within us.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

RL: Everything we will ever need, we already have within us.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

RL: Kusewera, an organization that fosters orphanages in Africa and the Philippines and encourages through creative play and education. Anything and everything that supports cancer research. East West Players, the oldest and biggest Asian American theater in the U.S.

MP: Tell me about your yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?

RL: More than anything, it’s really led to a solid belief in two fundamental things: that we have everything we will ever need, and more, within us, and we are all one. Not only has it given me great lessons in abundance and the infiniteness of our gifts, but it has led to a more conscious enjoyment of my work and my life.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

RL: I play Sergeant Drew Wu on the NBC television show Grimm. It’s our fourth season, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’ll be doing a charity event with my Twitter account [@mrreggielee] through Charitybuzz, where I’ll be auctioning a set visit. All the proceeds go to Kusewera.

MP: Why are these important to you?

RL: Well, Grimm is important to me for obvious reasons. I’m lucky to be able to do what I love to do for a living. I never, ever forget that. And charity work just helps me feel like I’m doing something to support my belief that we are all one. I’d like to actually do more in the future.

MP: What is love for you?

RL: Understanding, kindness, consideration, compassion.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

RL: Be kind to each other.

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