Garcelle Beauvais is the pride of the Haitian community, not because she’s an actress in Hollywood who happens to be Haitian, but because she’s a staple in Hollywood, who is perceived as clinging to Haitian values, even though she’s lived in Hollywood land for most of her life—but with her chin up in the air. Marc native didn’t have it easy from the beginning. I’m looking for somebody who’s fun, loving, honest. Kreyolicious: God, I hope this doesn’t come out wrong. Her father Axel and her mother Marie-Claire divorced when she was a little girl. Has the fact that you’ve dated two men who were outside your culture and “race”, made you more open to dating a black man?
She played the leading lady in at least two music videos, “Down Low”, “Come with Me”, “Take me Home” with the singer R. Kreyolicious: You said you had a Haitian boyfriend before.
Kelly, rapper-mogul Diddy and crooner Luther Vandross—in that order. Matter of fact, I had some friends over the other day, and I told them, “The next time you come, I’m cooking a Haitian dish.” I never took it upon myself—that negativity—was part of who I am. Kreyolicious: You never had a Haitian boyfriend or anything like that? Was it something about them that turned you off to marriage?
The movie arena was not to be neglected and it never was. Kreyolicious: Some people are wondering…would Garcelle date a Haitian man? [Tremendous laughter] I am open to dating a good man, so whatever forms he comes in, then great.
Watch for her in theaters in November alongside Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle in the thriller , set to be released next year. Beauvais launched a children’s jewelry line Petit Bijou years ago, and is swiftly moving into the publishing arena. I would have to date a Haitian man who’s more Americanized.
But more than an actress, and career woman, Garcelle is a mom—mother to Oliver Saunders, her son from her first marriage to Daniel Sanders and her twins Jax Joseph Nilon and Jaid Thomas Nilon from her defunct marriage to Christopher Nilon. She is the author soon-to-be published books in a series of three: the first , inspired by the biracial heritage of her two youngest. A traditional Haitian man would probably not go for the way my life is…in terms of what I do.
The second book will be a children’s book about co-parenting after divorce; the subject of the third has not yet been released to the press. I think you get that stuff if you’re taught that stuff. I’m only speaking of that in terms of my sisters’ husbands.