A Moment with... Nia Long

Sunday, February 24, 2013

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The stunning Soul Food actress Nia Long is enjoying a week's vacay in Jamaica and is in residence at Hanover Grange, Tryall Country Club.


What is it about Jamaica that has kept you coming and coming for so many years?


I'm an island girl so I can't get enough of the Caribbean and Jamaica is definitely one of my favourite islands. I've been here as a host of Caribbean Fashion Week in the past and for several vacations.


What are you up to this time around?


This trip is purely for fun as my girlfriend Jessica Huie and I are guests of the fabulous Theresa Roberts at Hanover Grange. Her home is just beautiful and every suite is named after a famous Jamaican artist - I'm in the Barrington Watson suite and Jess is in the Albert Huie suite (naturally.)


What's motherhood like the second time around?


Motherhood is not easy but it is natural, and I am having a wonderful time enjoying baby Kez (Kez's father is basketball star Ime Udoka). I have never been happier.


What are some of your projects for 2013?


I have just finished House of Lies, the US drama series alongside Don Cheadle, Tyler Perry's Single Moms' Club, and I'm about to start filming The Best Man 2.


You've got such great skin! When will we see the Nia Long skincare line?


When I get a moment in between work and being a mom to focus on it!


What would you say is your best-kept beauty secret?


For your hair?


Avocado masks. I do a weekly mask mixed with olive oil and coconut oil and leave it on for two hours.


And your face?


Eleven skin


Your body?


The Korean spa in LA is heaven.


What are some of your Jamaica travel essentials?


A great book, sun cream and a camera to capture some of the Caribbean's most beautiful spots.


Who's your preferred designer?


I love J Brand jeans, Rachel Roy and Stella McCartney.


Share with us a few of your global chill spots.


Well, Jamaica has so many. We spent a lovely evening watching the sunset at Rick's Café in Negril yesterday evening. Mexico has some beautiful places. I love the Serpentine on a sunny summer evening in London.


Who's the actor that you most look up to?


Don Cheadle. Working with him has been amazing. He is one of the most generous actors I have ever worked with. I have learned from him and in every scene we do together I am inspired to do better and be better. He won the Golden Globe for House of Lies which is on Showtime.


And actress?


Actress-wise,it would be Julia Roberts. She is so grounded in her work. Every time you see her she is grounded and real and you fall in love with her over and over again. She is gracefully evolving as a woman, a mom and an artiste.


Who would you love to star with as your leading man?


I would love to star alongside Will Smith again. Our first film together was Made in America when I was 21, then we went on to do Fresh Prince, of course.


Where do you see yourself five years from now?


Owning a lovely villa on the island of Jamaica and enjoying it with my beautiful family.


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