Former soap opera actress Meta Golding recently wowed us with the “honor of her career” last month as Rosa Parks in TV One’s Behind the Movement biopic. The Haitian-American actress also earned major Black girl magic props for playing one of the most famous women in the civil rights movement.
Set during the three days between Rosa’s arrest and now infamous bus boycott, Meta made her mark with her powerful portrayal while also expanding her impressive resume which already includes the Hunger Games film franchise, ABC’s Loving as well as guest starring roles on CBS’ Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, USA’s Colony and BC’s Daybreak, opposite Taye Diggs.
Here, we connect with the rising star to talk about her career, beauty and her secret to great post-workout hair.
HH: Behind the Movement told such a very powerful story. What did it mean to have played the role of Rosa Parks.
MG: I will just start with…it was a tremendous honor! And as I learned more and more about Mrs. Parks’s life, my sense of awe and inspiration only grew. A lot of people don’t know that Mrs. Parks was already a seasoned activist—she had already served as secretary for NAACP for nine years by 1955, so she was very active in the movement and its strategies. I also felt a lot of pressure to get her right, as she means so much, not only to the Black community but to the entire world.
HH: What was your most memorable behind-the-scenes moment?
MG: We shot the bus scene on the actual bus that Mrs. Rosa Parks sat on, so the feeling and tone of that day was so special and sacred. The crew, the extras and all the other actors on the bus felt added resonance of this history.
HH: How do you balance work with your personal life?
MG: It can be a challenge, especially if I’m traveling. But my family and friends are truly what keep me grounded, so I always make time for them.
HH: How do you deal with challenges and what inspires you?
MG: I do believe that everything happens for a reason, even though sometimes it is hard to see what the purpose of suffering is. I always try to remind myself of that and lean on my faith that the universe is fundamentally good.
So much inspires me—from women like Rosa Parks, who walk the walk and live by their ideals and have a vision, to my mother, who gave me so much and taught me the importance of being independent and fearless.