Tasha Smith

A True Hollywood Cinderella

Tasha smith

Tasha smith

Tasha Smith grew up in Camden, New Jersey, divided by what life’s circumstances dictated and her ambitions—or how else does one explain the fact that the actress financed her fledgling comedy career “back in the day,” as she likes to say, as a stripper—that is, until she made it to Hollywood and established herself as a star in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too? and the TBS series For Better or Worse. In September Tasha stars in Billie Woodruff’s Addicted from Lionsgate.

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HealthyLivinG Magazine: You have quite a story—daughter of a single mother, growing up poor in New Jersey; how was it even possible for you to make it in Hollywood?

Tasha Smith: I had a huge dream of being an actor. I had the opportunity to meet Tisha Campbell Martin at 16 and when I had the courage to move to California at 18, she and her mother were a huge support.

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HealthyLivinG Magazine: Your mother was addicted to drugs throughout your childhood; what made you want to be different?

Tasha Smith: It was my dream of being an actor. We grew up rough and it was tough for my mother to have a set of twins at the age of 15, raising them alone. But I didn’t believe my circumstances were going to be the reality of my future. By the way, mom is 20 years clean now.

HealthyLivinG Magazine: How have your life experiences influenced your acting roles?

Tasha Smith: It’s given me a level of compassion for humanity.

HealthyLivinG Magazine: What can you say to those facing the same circumstances and self-esteem issues that you experienced?

Tasha Smith: Believe that you are here for a more important purpose and make all of the sacrifices that you can to pursue them.

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HealthyLivinG Magazine: Tell us about your upcoming movie with Billie Woodruff.

Tasha Smith: In Addicted I play a therapist whose patient is a woman dealing with a serious, damaging sex addiction.

HealthyLivinG Magazine: Your health tips for HL readers?

Tasha Smith: If you want the best tips for healthy living, read HealthyLivinG. Your magazine has all you need. I’m a fan and I think everyone else should be one as well.

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