Ayesha Harris is unafraid to pursue her dreams.
Harris plays Bernie in the Amazon Prime series that's taking viewers by storm, Daisy Jones and the Six. Based on the popular Taylor Jenkins Reid novel of the same name, the actress shared her excitement to be a part of a major project.
"Sometimes people will look at that as a pressure situation, like you want to get everything right. But I find it to be completely opposite," she tells Sonia Baghdady of Advocate Now. "You want something that has a little buzz around it. You want something to live up to kind of like a standard that you don't want to kind of flow below. it was nice to have the anticipation in the air. So, I actually preferred it."
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Harris also recently made her feature film debut with Tell It Like a Woman, which tells the stories of seven different women around the world and is directed by seven female directors. Harris worked with Jennifer Hudson and Taraji P. Henson on the project, which she says was "such a valuable experience."
"The way that Jennifer can just drop in and tap in, I was just in awe," she explains. "Sometimes when I'm not in the scene, [I'm] just taking notes and watching Taraji, how she moves, how she commands her respect, and her vision is laser focused."
Harris says the biggest takeaway she's gotten from both women: "Stay in the moment."
Though she's an actor now, Harris formerly ran a successful barbershop in California prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. She shares that she created the business to provide an inclusive space for women and LGBTQ+ people.
"I really realized that the gay community was really marginalized... I felt like it was time to create a safe space for my community," she says. "So, I branched out from the barbershop that I started at and opened up an all-female run barbershop in West Hollywood catering to the gay community. And it was just a beautiful experience."
Though pursuing dreams may seem daunting at times, Harris encourages everyone to take their shot, as you never know where it may lead.
"I feel that we have convinced ourselves that we don't have enough time for the things that we love," she says. "And I know for a fact that there is plenty of time in the day if you put some time aside for yourself, which is really the only thing that matters... to do the things that you love, and it will pay dividends."
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