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Kam Williams | 12/5/2012, 8:50 a.m.
Born in Lagos,...

Does the show have a message?

In my humble opinion, as a foreigner, it does. And the message is this: The only way to come to a full acceptance and understanding of yourself is to embrace your own culture, quirks and differences while learning about those around you and exploring, incorporating and embracing their cultures, differences, quirks, etcetera … One should be open to new things and, above all, tolerance and understanding are essential for growth and happiness … We are all different and that’s okay. That’s not incredibly poetic, but it’s the message at its essence.

You’re half-Nigerian and half-Norwegian. Which do you identify with more?

Oh, I identify with them both very strongly. I identify myself as a Nigerian because that is where I was born and raised and where my family still lives. And, in my mind, that is the definition of where someone is from. But I was raised by a very Norwegian mother and spent a ton of time there every year until I was about 14 and am closest to my Norwegian relatives. So, it is very difficult to choose.

You studied theater at Smith prior to embarking on your professional career. Do you recommend that route to other aspiring actresses?

Not necessarily. It was right for me, but other people do better going on to grad school and others yet are naturally inclined and do just fine without any formal training at all. Everyone is different. The only things I think are imperative are focus, determination and hard work.

Are you ever afraid?

Constantly, but it’s a big driving force in my life. I’m more likely to try and tackle a fear than let it control me.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Carbs. Sad but true.

What was the last book you read?

The final Hunger Games book, “The Mockingjay.” Seriously, Suzanne Collins, I need another one.

What was the last song you listened to?

I was just listening to Radiohead’s “Reckoner.”

What excites you?

Positivity.

What was the best business decision you ever made, and what was the worst?

Best: Moving to LA. Worst: Going into business with a friend.

When do you feel the most content?

When I take the time to look positively at my life, assess my accomplishments and truly allow myself to congratulate myself.

Who is the person who led you to become the person you are today?

My mother.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

Determination.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Be sure of what you want, focus, work hard, be ready to pick yourself up, do not take rejection personally, be as prepared as you can, always be learning and eliminate negative people from your life regardless of who they are.