Interview: Maranda Pleasant

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

Lisa Vidal: Music makes me come alive. I love to sing and dance! Watching a great movie with a great message.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

LV: Deceit and lying make me feel vulnerable.

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

LV: “Put God first in your life, and you will live joyfully!”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

LV: I cry and pray and try to find the positive or the lesson for my pain.

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

LV: I believe everything has a solution, and I take it one day at a time or one thing at a time.

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

LV: You may have a plan, but life throws you curve balls. Put God first; his plan is better anyway.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

LV: A positive attitude toward life is always better.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

LV: Anything that improves a child’s life.

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

LV: I have quiet time with God in the morning.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

LV: Being Mary Jane is my current project; the second season begins February 3. I also have a film called Victor and am producing a few projects I’m developing.

MP: Why are these important to you?

LV: Because I get to be creative and touch other people’s lives.

Lisa Vidal, an award-winning actor of Puerto Rican descent, stars on the popular BET series Being Mary Jane. She is most recognized for her work on The Division, ER, Third Watch, Southland, High Incident, and New York Undercover.

Photo: Marc Cartwright 

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