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Tova Miller made her stage debut in the 2006
production of Jesus Christ Superstar in a supporting
role. The Sunday Guardian recently caught up with
the lead actress following yet another sold-out per-
formance at the National Academy for Performing
Arts (Napa), of the local production of the popular
Yul Bryner/Deborah Kerr movie The King and I.
The show has had a successful run in San Fer-
nando at the Naparima Bowl with the slimly-built
26-year-old Miller playing the commanding char-
acter of the feisty English teacher/governess Anna
Leonwens, alongside Conrad Parris as the King of
Another successful production in which Miller
starred was The Sound of Music with another out-
standing portrayal, this time bringing to life the
spunky character of Maria, somewhat in the similar
vein as Anna in The King and I.
Interestingly, she travelled to India in 2008 to
study Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of the
Indian subcontinent. Her first love is singing, having
spent many of her earlier years with the Bishop
Anstey High School Choir and the Marionettes
Chorale. She has sung in different languages---
African, French, Italian, German, Spanish and of
An avid traveller, she has also been to places such
as Wales, London, United States, Barbados, Antigua,
Brazil and Jamaica. In addition to acting, travelling
and her job as an aesthetician (Tova s Place), Miller
loves to surf and kick box whenever time permits.
Q: When and how did you get into acting?
A: Since I was a child I have always been very
creative. School projects, shows, all led back
to either a play that I wrote or a song on
the subject matter. In addition to singing I also wanted
to dance and act and express myself. My first stage
performance was a supporting role in 2005 in Jesus
Christ Superstar, and that experience gave me the
fire to realise my love for theatre. Various workshops
led to my landing a role in Raymond Choo Kong s
Dat is Man. There was no turning back after that.
Was it something you had to work hard at or did
it come naturally?
Hard is not a word I would use. Natural is my
singing, but acting is something that pulls at your
core and encourages you to use your good and bad
to create. What is natural for me is not being afraid
to show the real you. In everything you have your
challenges but what I have realised is there is serendip-
ity that occurs with the roles that I have been priv-
ileged to portray. There are similarities in my personal
life experiences. Honestly, sometimes I feel naked
because I can relate to what is happening in the role.
I m not sure if it s fortunate or unfortunate.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Diego Martin. My Mom, my brother
and I eventually settled in Santa Cruz. We enjoyed
most the idea that it was close to Maracas.
Who were the people who have influenced you
most in your career and in life in general and how
Those would be Lorraine Granderson, Greta Taylor,
June Nathaniel, Raymond Choo Kong and John Smith,
people who recognised my potential and provided
the opportunities I needed. Also, my family has
always urged me with words of encouragement and
enthusiasm, especially my grandmother.
At what schools/institutions
did you receive your education?
I attended Sacred Heart Girls
Primary School and Bishop Anstey
High School. I was the girl who
would shake like a leaf but Ms Lor-
raine Granderson believed that I
could control these nerves of mine.
She entered me in so many music
festival categories, then life at school
took on a different meaning. I m
sure you realise by now that I m
crossing my education with my
singing, but I have to. I do not
know life without singing, it is
kinda like my food. Then I com-
pleted a diploma in psychology
at SBCS. I was quite fascinated
by cars and was convinced that I
wanted to become a mechanic! My
uncle owned a transmission shop
and I asked him for a job.
Let s just say after getting my
hands burnt and my hair caught in
the rolling board under the car while
searching for a leak, I realised that
the oil and grease life was not my
Singing's my food
Actress Tova Miller...
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