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By Tishanna Williams
THE APARTMENT is the new local TV-series
being produced by Pauline Mark of PWTM Pro-
ductions Ltd. and directed by Juliette McCawley.
It brings us into the lives of three women who,
though very different from each other, are very
familiar female archetypes. With actors such as
Rhoma Spencer, Cecilia Salazar, Karla Gonzales,
Jamie-Lee Phillips and Russell-Wilkinson-Taitt in
the cast, we are super excited to see them bring
to a new level the hype that's been building
around the show. The pilot is set to premier at
Movie Towne on September 2nd, so while we all
cool our heels and keep our eyes on their Face-
book page, we bring you their latest addition to
the cast, Michelle Abraham.
Michelle Costa, one of the main characters, is simply
referred to as "the depressed". While the writers
don't want to reveal too much about her character,
let's just say that this young product of a troubled,
cross-cultural family has many demons to over-
The character is played by Michelle Abraham, a put-
together, focused young woman who is strategically
planning her entrance into the local and interna-
tional music scene. It is also quite refreshing to note
that although she is working towards earning the
title of actress, she has chosen to not yet claim it,
since this will essentially be her acting debut.
Now, the question among the performing commu-
nity may be, "How did Michelle, who readily admits
to not being an actress, land such a role?"
She responds, "I went to my first audition one year
ago, for the film "When We Were Pirates" on the ad-
vice of an acquaintance. Juliette McCawley was
there. That film never happened, but I got a call, and
it was Pauline Mark, asking if I would take up the
part. Juliet had remembered me, and thought I'd fit
This is a testament to giving your best 'cause you
never know who may be watching. Although she
may be new to the call of "Lights, Camera, Action",
Michelle is no novice in the arts. She has been both
professionally and self-trained in ballet, modern and
Middle Eastern dance since age three. At her ballet
school, Alcazar Ballet, she was discovered by head
gymnastics coach, Annette Telfer of Tots and Tum-
blers Club, and she has taken part in various local
and International USGC competitions. An Interna-
tional Business major at St. Thomas University,
Michelle is also a trained vocalist who has worked
with American and Hispanic producers and singers.
She is working on creating original music and build-
ing her name in the music business, which is where
her heart is.
Her friends would describe her as fun, creative and
evolved. This is a girl who follows her heart, and she
has the past to prove it. At 15, an injury left the then
gymnast unable to fulfil her potential in that area.
She turned to music. A year later, when she left for
Miami, the energies of her new space convinced her
that music was her direction.
"It was rough. I grew up really quick, but going to
school in Miami brought me close to so many dif-
ferent cultures and sounds that I have so many in-
fluences. Add that to Trinidad's strong Caribbean
flavour, and you get an amazing musical fusion."
She's slowly realising that film life is not all glamor
and glitter. Her respect for film and all its workers
(writers, cast and crew) has risen dramatically, and
counts herself blessed to be gaining so much hands-
on training as she takes on the role of Michelle
"She represents women that most people aren't ex-
posed to. She has to please her family but, even
though they have planned her life, she is at a point
where she won't take any more stress from them,
or her bosses, so she turns 'dark'." Abraham says.
The role isn't what makes the story pop; it's the
actor that brings the realness and that extra
'oomph' that makes us feel them. It is this concept
of the actor driving the story that her director, Juli-
ette, advocates. When asked, Michelle had nothing
but praises for Juliette.
"Juliet is amazing. She is so detailed, and she under-
stands that it's the acting that pulls people in more
than the setting, so she sees things in you and pulls
it out, sometimes without you knowing it."
Michelle is having fun playing the dark side of her
character, and she believes her taste in music and
art, and her open-mindedness, can help her bring
credence to her character, especially when it comes
to the dark side, showing there are two sides to
She may be enjoying sharpening her acting chops,
but Michelle can't wait to get back to work on her
music. Although she wouldn't share much on what
she has coming up, the light in her eyes and her mis-
chievous smile when she says that there are "things
in the works" make you feel that it's something
quite exciting. Add that to her general stick-to-it,
hardworking attitude and we are almost certain we
will be hearing a lot more about Michelle Abraham.
Check out the official website of The Apartment at www.thea-
partmenttvshow.com or find them on Twitter and Facebook.
"While the writers don't want
to reveal too much about her
character, let's just say that this
young product of a troubled,
cross-cultural family has many
demons to overcome."
Make-up by Brittany Lela Photos by Anthony Moore
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