Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 7th 2014 Contents 6 Friday, February 7, 2014 • Issue 126
MM: Welcome back to T&T Anthony. What
was your experience like the first time you
were invited for the International Soca
AA: My experience the first time I was at
Carnival six years ago I can't even begin to put
in words! The energy, the people, the culture,
the partying was like nothing I've ever experi-
enced before. I had the time of my life and I'm
excited about returning.
MM: What was your fondest memory
from your experience here?
AA: Crossing the stage with the thousands
of people in my band was my fondest memory.
Parading around the city not knowing what
was going on or where I was going and then
there we were in front of an audience dancing,
screaming and jumping across that stage like
my life depended on it was like nothing else!
MM: Did your experience exceed your ex-
pectations and in what way?
AA: I didn't know what to expect for Carni-
val other than having a great time! And that's
exactly what my wife and I did. We had a
GREAT time! I make it a habit not to have ex-
pectations that way I'm never disappointed.
MM: What made you say yes to returning
and what are you most looking forward to
this time around?
AA: I said yes to returning because of my
experience with the people and Carnival itself.
I've planned on returning every year since my
first Carnival but work has always kept me
away. This is the first year since my first visit
that I've been able to schedule the time off to
attend again. I'm not looking for anything dif-
ferent other than to enjoy every single mo-
ment that I'm there.
MM: Do you listen to soca now and do you
have a favourite performer?
AA: Yes I listen to soca and my favorite, be-
cause his music was the first that I was intro-
duced to, is Machel Montano.
MM: As a comedian, did your experience
here inspire any of your jokes?
AA: hahahaha! I wasn't inspired to write any
jokes but I did see some humorous things.
MM: You have been enjoying a good ride in
the spotlight, what is the secret to your suc-
AA: There's no secret to my success. I work
hard, try to pick the right projects for me and I
never lose faith even when I'm told no.
MM: What projects are you currently work-
ing on that your fans would be seeing in the
AA: I'm currently working on a new half hour
sitcom with Laurence Fishburne as my father.
The premise of the show is that I'm first genera-
tion successful living the American dream rais-
ing my family to see no colour all the while
holding onto their culture.
MM: In the Soul Train Awards we saw you
showing off some singing chops, do you envis-
age yourself getting into music?
AA: I don't limit myself to any one genre of
art. You'll hear me singing, rapping, dancing and
playing the piano. I'm a jack of all trades, master
MM: You recently lost a lot of weight, what
inspired your weight loss?
AA: I've lost 50 pounds for health reasons.
Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed as a type 2
diabetic. I want to be an example to our commu-
nity that you can over come this disease and
lead a healthy life.
MM: Any words of advice you want to share
with others trying to shed the pounds?
AA: Drink lots of water! Leave the juices and
sodas alone because they are filled with sugar.
Make healthier choices when eating. More fruits
and vegetables less fried foods. And exercise.
MM: You have done dramas and comedies
but if you had to choose one genre, which
would it be?
AA: If I had to choose between drama or com-
edy it would have to comedy. Laughter heals all!
MM: Do you envisage doing any jobs behind
AA: I have plans to produce and direct. It's all
about ownership and intellectual property.
That's where the real power is.
MM: Offscreen who is Anthony Anderson?
AA: Offscreen I'm a husband a father a son
and a brother. I love to cook, garden, play golf
and travel. That's who I am and what I do. I'm a
simple man with simple pleasures.
MM: What is the one thing about you fans
would be surprised to know?
AA: I think they'd be surprised that I have
1000 square foot garden that I'm in everyday
when I'm home tending to my vegetables as if
they're my children. I plant everything from wa-
termelons, okra, corn, peppers, tomatoes, egg-
plant, strawberries, squash, cucumbers, zucchini,
MM: If you could only pack three things for
your trip to T&T what would it be?
AA: If I could only pack three things for T&T if
would be aspirin, clean underwear and viagra!
MM: What would your advice be to the
celebrities coming down for the first time?
AA: My only advice to anyone coming to
Carnival for the first time would be to make
sure you get your rest before you come and
make sure you have nothing to do for at least
a week after they return home cause they will
need that time to recuperate sober up and
MM: What is the first thing you want to
do/eat/drink when you touch down in T&T?
AA: The first thing that I want to do is PARTY
when I get to T&T. Eat some good food and
drink some rum.
MM: Any words for your fans down here?
AA: The only thing I want to say to my fans
down there is thank you for having and wanting
me back and I cant wait to party with you all
MM: If we see you in the street, can we stop
AA: When you see me in the streets YES we
can stop and chat! I can't wait!
"The first thing
PARTY when I get to T&T.
Eat some good food and
drink some rum."
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