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Interview: Maranda Pleasant

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

Roma Downey: Nature. I love to be by the ocean and have always done my best thinking by the sea. The ebb and flow is like a brain massage and very calming. I am also inspired by seeing kindness in others. It touches me and reminds me to be kind as well.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

RD: Losing my glasses!

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

RD: “People will never remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel. So be kind to each other.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

RD: I pray. I try to find space to process with a walk on the beach, a hike in the hills. Nature is restorative. I also try not to overreact. I grew up in Ireland, and we are big tea drinkers, and I think it’s less about the tea itself and more about the ritual and the moment to prepare. Between stimulus and response, there is a space, and when you take time to pray or make a cuppa, you don’t have to live in reaction to a situation.

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

RD: I do take time to pray. I also start my day in gratitude, and as my first foot hits the floor in the morning when I climb out of bed, I say “Thank,” and as the next foot hits the floor, I say “You,” and I say “Thank you” all the way to the bathroom. Starts the day in the right headspace and the right heart space!

MP: What organizations are you passionate about?

RD: I have been a spokesperson for Operation Smile for twenty years helping children with facial deformities. I also have worked with a children’s mission called Compassion International. Both are doing amazing work for the children of the world.

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

RD: I have morning prayers and a nighttime reflection. I also read the Bible daily.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

RD: We have The Dovekeepers for CBS, an epic miniseries based on the book by Alice Hoffman, premiering on March 31 and April 1. We also have A.D., an amazing twelve-hour series set in first-century Jerusalem for NBC premiering on April 5; Divine Inspiration, a show about everyday miracles for TLC; Little Boy opening in April; and Ben-Hur opening February 2016. You can see a common thread in all these projects produced under my banner company, LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group. We at LightWorkers are committed to bringing inspirational projects to the screen.

MP: Why are these important to you?

RD: I believe it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

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