After 20 years of modeling and acting in both TV and film, Garcelle Beauvais has proven she is one of the few mainstays in Hollywood.
The Haitian-American actress recently starred in leading roles in the films Flight, alongside Denzel Washington, and White House Down with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.
Born in Haiti, Garcelle moved to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and siblings.
“We moved to Massachusetts, in the dead of winter, I didn’t speak a word of English,” recalls Garcelle. “What an adjustment, I couldn’t go to school right away, I actually watched Sesame Street in order to learn enough English to go to school.”
Garcelle Beauvais: Haiti still in need of helpHaitian-American actress Garcelle Beauvais talks about on-going relief efforts after 2010 Haiti earthquake.
In 2010, when a massive earthquake hit Haiti, devastating the lives of millions, Garcelle felt the pain of her home nation. So, she used her celebrity spotlight to bring media attention to the need for support. Since then, she’s been actively giving back.
Most recently, she traveled to Haiti to partner with a non-profit organization called Fonkoze. It offers financial and development services to help Haitian women succeed.
“My dream for Haiti would be that everybody has electricity, running water, food,” explains Garcelle. “It’s a beautiful country.”
Garcelle Beauvais joined Mike Walter in our Los Angeles studio to discuss the on-going recovery efforts in Haiti and the resilience of the Haitian community.