Actress Essence Atkins dishes advice to aspiring actresses at Saturday’s annual Design Care Gala. The veteran of the silver screen–who got her start on the Cosby show nearly 30 years ago–had plenty of advice to give young actresses everywhere. Entertainment Scoop caught up with Atkins on the red carpet at Saturday’s 18th Annual Design Care Gala.
Atkins is best known for her roles on television comedies. From 1997 to 1999, she starred as Tasha Yvette Henderson in The WB sitcom Smart Guy. She later went to star as Dee Dee Thorne in UPN sitcom Half & Half (2002-06) and TBS comedy series Are We There Yet? (2010-13) as Suzanne Kingston-Persons. In film, Atkins has appeared in Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Dance Flick (2009), A Haunted House (2013) and A Haunted House 2 (2014).
Held at the private estate of Sugar Ray Leonard, the star studded black-tie fundraiser was attended by Arsenio Hall, Daisy Fuentes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, NBA All-Star Chris Paul, Alan Thicke and many more while benefiting autism and Parkinson’s disease. Watch the full interview below.
Essence Atkins Dishes Advice to Young Actresses
Now in its 18th year, the Annual Design Care Gala featured a special musical performance by Ledisi and Joshua Ledet, and a fashion show by designer Michael Costello.
The Gala also honored Chris Paul (NBA – Los Angeles Clippers) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Angel on the Path Award, Latonzia Montgomery (mother of three children with autism) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Champion Award, Kevin Keller (Board member, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Champion Award, and Target with the 2016 HollyRod Corporate Champion Award.
Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete.
The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.