Renee Lawless stars as matriarch Katheryn Cryer on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” on the OWN network — the second season is airing now and you can tune in Tuesdays 9/8c to watch! Renee is also in pre-production of her own video blog series “Renee’s Way or the Highway.” She is a seasoned theater actress, having starred in the national touring Broadway productions of both Wicked and Beauty and the Beast. Renee is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.
1) Let’s assume that I don’t know you. In a few sentences, please share with my readers why the world can use more of you?
I am a true Southern belle, big hair, accent (“bless your heart”) and all. Even though I love to dress up for red carpet, barefoot and jeans is home. I am a fixer. Always wanting to solve problems. Crafty and self sufficient, I enjoy life and people.
2) What is one food you love and could not live without? What is your least favorite food that you wish would disappear from the face of the earth, and why?
EGGS!! I love eggs. Fried, Scrambled, boiled, poached… As long as we have Chickens in this world… I will be happy for they lay eggs J
Much to a Chef’s dismay, I HATE BEETS!! I have tried them all different ways. Still can’t get past them. Stems from my childhood. I have out grown other childhood food dislikes but not beets.
3) What is one thing you wish you had time to do but currently doesn’t fit into your busy schedule?
I don’t read enough anymore. When I was on tour I read all the time. Now something else always gets in the way. I need to put down the laptop and pick up a book/kindle!
4) What is the weirdest things you have ever eaten and where were you?
Hmm… That’s a hard one. I am not too adventuresome when it comes to odd food. HA! I would think it would be Octopus. I had an amazing Octopus dish at PROOF on Main Restaurant in Louisville, KY.
5) What is the one meal that reminds you most of your childhood/family?
Breakfast. I mean, a SOUTHERN Breakfast. Eggs, Bacon, Country cured ham, Tennessee Pride Sausage, Biscuits, Sausage gravy, Apple butter, Grits. It takes me back to my childhood in Tennessee. My great uncle would make this for me while I used to watch Saturday morning cartoons.
6) What would be the last meal you would want to eat/make if you only had 1 more day to live?
See Question #5 and add Fried Okra and a PB & J sandwich J
7) What is the hardest dish that you have ever had to make?/ Is there a dish that you have still never successfully completed?
The first time I had to make and stuff a Thanksgiving Turkey. I was a wreck!! I was so nervous that it would be too dry, not juicy or over cooked etc. AND that the dressing would not be flavorful either. I think a Thanksgiving meal is a rite of passage meal.
I still don’t think I have successfully made the perfect Lemon Meringue pie.
8) Breakfast, lunch, & dinner: What would be your perfect 3-square meal?
HOW can I possibly answer that? I love all southern food from Buttermilk cornbread to Sweet Potato Pie. And I love gourmet food, seafood, etc. I have MANY perfect 3 square meals. Let me just play a bit.
Breakfast: Pan scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese. Chicken apple sausage.
Lunch: Chicken salad with pecans and grapes and celery. On warm spelt bread.
Dinner: Kale, Quinoa, golden raisin with Parmesan cheese Salad, grilled Salmon with Dijon sauce. Grilled Butternut squash and sautéed spinach.
Bananas Foster for Dessert J
9) Of course you want 2015 to be a good one. If all else fails, what would you want your one and biggest success to be?
I have been so blessed with my career so far. I always want to aim higher, or rather, the next level. Doing more roles in film would be the next level. Being able to do and support myself at what I love is the greatest success of all.
10) What is your most prized possession?
My Bible. I have had it since childhood. Although its been re-bound, it has decades of notes and reference scriptures. I have been blessed to learn from great Bible teachers. Their wisdom line the margins of my Bible.