Claudia Black: Actor, Containment, On Trusting Your Gut, Investigating Your Shadows, Never Trash-talking Yourself, Raising Heart-centered Men, and Supporting Renewable Energy


Build other females up and only compete with yourself

Maranda Pleasant: What’s your most important message for girls right now?

Claudia Black: Listen to your bodies. You are constantly receiving information from your body about how to care for it and yourself. Trust your gut. Respect and show up for yourself or no one else will. Show up for your friends too. Whatever you want that others in your life can’t give you, ask yourself how you can give it to yourself. You always have choices no matter what. You are perfectly imperfect. Make mistakes; it’s what you do about them that counts. Always be accountable. Forgive and let go. Never trash-talk yourself or others. Stay curious. Speak your truth. When there’s a right and wrong thing to do, choose right regardless of what your friends do. Sleep is underrated. Sleep! Only place yourself around people who love your strengths and are also safe to be vulnerable around—you’ll need both power and vulnerability in womanhood. Sisterhood is magical and medicinal—use it as a lifelong resource. Build other females up and only compete with yourself. And as Dr. Mark Hyman says, “There’s no such thing as junk food. There’s junk and there’s food.” Stop eating junk. Be a good listener and a loyal friend. Be your best you, and when things get tough always know that you can hand it all over to the universe and it will support you. Never underestimate the healing power of breath. It is a radical act to believe in and like yourself. I dare you. I double-, triple-dare you to.

MP: What inspires your work?

CB: Playfulness. My children. Being of service. Kindness. Community. Collaboration. Group effort. Narrative—where mine meets what’s on the page. Beauty. Current events. Art. Music. Other people’s courage, talent, and stories.

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

CB: Sustainability. This planet is our home and we’re trashing and killing it. Support renewable energy. Recycle. Reuse. Restore. Replenish. Leave every environment you go into better than you found it. Turn the damn tap off when you brush your teeth—Aargh! And, we’re one race. No matter our religion, beliefs, mother tongue, or skin color.

MP: Name three things we probably don’t know about you.

CB: I know a lot about health, wellness, and nutrition. I make my own kombucha. I’m clumsy.

MP: How do you feel you are making a difference in the world?

CB: Raising two conscious, mindful, thoughtful, heart-centered young males. The projects I’m developing for kids related to intellectual and neurodiversity, trauma, and conflict resolution. I aim to have meaningful, honest interactions with people and be open to their uniqueness. I am service-centric. I always intend to leave places better than I find them. I share pretty much everything I have with those in need around me. I have phenomenal mentors who guide me to maximize my effectiveness.

MP: What does love mean to you?

CB: Never giving up and yet a lot of surrender. Self-care. Truth. Trust. Openness. Growth. Courage. Faith. Collaboration. Compassion. Communication. Affection. Support. Passion. Joy. Warmth. Mindfulness. Rigorous self-work. Sympatico, empathy, flow. Forgiveness.

MP: Are there any causes or organizations you support? If so, how can our readers get involved?

CB: I am passionate about the work Gina Ross ( is doing for the world in terms of trauma management and global conflict resolution. I’m equally passionate about Dawna Markova, Ph.D., and her tireless work with children. Her latest book, Collaborative Intelligence, was co-written by Angie McArthur and published by Random House ( I’m passionate about transformation. Everyone should go inward, get curious about themselves, and investigate their shadows. It’s one of the most important gifts we can give humanity. It’s one of our most vital causes. Volunteer. Find ways to be useful. Be kind.

Watch Claudia’s show Containment on the CW.

Photo: Nate Taylor

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