Meta Golding humbled by playing Rosa Parks

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Part of that can be explained by the fact Golding was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and lived in the United States, India, Haiti, France and Italy. While living in Italy, Golding competed as a figure skater, but an injury ended her skating career. That's when she found acting.

"When I stopped figure skating I felt like not having something I was passionate about doing just didn't fly," Golding says. "I started doing theater because I had all of this energy, this dedication, and needed to put it somewhere.

"So, for better or worse, I have always been passionate and focused. Sports and artistry can give you real drive especially when you are young."

The leap from the ice to the stage felt natural for Golding because when she was competing in figure skating she was performing in front of large crowds. Her non-skating credits since then include playing District 2 tribute Enobaria in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2." She's also worked on "Criminal Minds," "The Tomorrow People," "Dark Blue," "Colony," "Burn Notice," "JAG" and "Day Break."

The thing Golding has the most pride in when it comes to her career is the diversity of work she's done. That wasn't by design, but just what she considers to be her good fortune to be considered for and land parts as diverse as being a contestant in a game being played to the death or a major figure in history. Golding laughs and says her reaction to every role she lands is it's "a miracle" to get to go from one project to the next.

Getting the chance to play Parks was the most meaningful part of working on "Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story." But Golding stresses the production was also a blessing because of the cast and crew. Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Devine plays civil rights activist Jo Ann Robinson, Isaiah Washington is civil rights leader E.D. Nixon and Shaun Clay plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Besides the cast being very illustrious, I think we all felt just so honored to be part of telling this story. We were all moved to just be there," Golding says. "This role means a lot to me, my community, my friends, my family."


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