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Ballers’ Jazmyn Simon

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Who am I?
I think I am still trying to figure that out. Every day I find out new things about myself. Mostly things I love, occasionally some things that I don’t. What I want you to know about me…what I feel comfortable sharing today is that I am a fighter, someone who defied the odds, someone who won’t take no for an answer. The daughter of the King.

What do I do?
I travel, I eat,  I love, I laugh, I cry, I counsel my friends (honestly, I give good advice). For a profession I am blessed in that I am able to act. I love it, with a passion.

What did I want to do?
When I was a little girl I swore I was going to be a lawyer because I love to debate and argue a point. In high school all I wanted to do was be on ‘Real World’ HA!

What do I love most? 
I love my independence the most. It is scary, frightening actually to support yourself, to be an actual adult, to stand on your own and say “Win or Lose, its falling on your shoulders” But I love it. I know a lot of people, a lot of women sadly, that lack independence- that makes me sad. By the Grace of God, I maintain my independence. Horray!

What do I detest?
Racism. Period point blank. Racism and germs. I am a germaphobe.

What can I teach?
That no matter your circumstances in life, no matter your beginnings, you have the power to change your life! You can have the ending YOU want.

My hidden talent
I can cook. Yes, I can. I love to. Probably because I love to eat. Yes I do. Maybe one day I’ll do a cooking special. LOL

My Achilles’ heel
Expensive shoes! I just went off the rails on a pair of Balenciaga boots. Love them. Worst part is I purchased them while I was in London and paid for them in pounds… Which is much more when converted to dollars. Ooopsie.

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What’s on my ipod?
A lot of Beyoncé. And Jay Z. I loved them both before they were a unit.

What’s in my closet?
JEANS! I love jeans! AG, Goldsign, Rag N Bone, Rich and Skinny, Frame. My favorites at the moment.

What’s in my refrigerator?
Left over Indian Food! Which I will be eating for dinner tonight. I always keep fresh organic fruit as well. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and watermelon.

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What’s in my future? 
A hit show to start! A few Emmy awards, Golden Globes, Oscar, yeah, I’ll just throw that out there. Movies during my hiatuses, and Happiness, Lots of happiness.

A great moment
A great moment was one morning while I was in Miami shooting- I was driving down the freeway headed to set- the sun was shining, birds chirping- and I realized I was doing exactly what I had been working so hard for, what I prayed for and sacrificed for. I took a moment to cry and thank God for all my blessings. It was by far one of the best moments. Being able to appreciate the fact that you got what you wanted, and it was just as grand as I imagined.

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My biggest mistake
I don’t really believe in mistakes. I think everything is a lesson, so I try not to look at decisions I have made as mistakes because they have all lead me to who and where I am today. However, one time I wore converse to Magic Mountain (Great America) and I totally regretted it!!!

A ‘fave’ quote
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”- Maya Angelou

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What has been your biggest achievement in the field of acting?
So far, I would say booking Ballers. What a great show to present me to the world. I am completely obsessed with everyone involved!!

What is some advice that you would give to someone aspiring to become and actor?
If you’re serious about it you will eventually need to move to LA. Study hard- learn the craft, its much more to acting then people think. And never let anyone tell you you cant do it. You can! Believe in yourself.

A lot of people look up to you, who inspires you, who is your role model?
My grandmother. Her husband died when her 8th child was only 3 years old. She did what she had to do to raise all of her children- then later she raised me. She taught me to be myself. She taught me how to have thick skin through tough love. She taught me everything. Sorry to disappoint by not naming a celebrity J But I think my Grandma deserves a bit of credit.

What’s it like working with these directors in Ballers?
OMG! Our directors were AMAZING!!!!!! I loved them all. I am lucky enough to have worked with a group of elite directors! Peter Berg, Julian Farino, Seith Mann, John Fortenberry, and Simon Cellan Jones. Each one taught me something about myself, my strengths, how to overcome my weaknesses! I love them, truly. They definitely brought out the best in me.

Tell us about the new HBO Series Ballers…and your Character in this series?
Set in Miami, Ballers is a half-hour dramedy centered on a group of current and former professional football players, as well as their families, friends, and handlers. The series goes beyond the game and explores not only the challenges that current players face, but also takes a behind-the-scenes, real look into their lives both on and off the field. My character is Julie Greane, I am a sassy ambitious wife of a retired football player who happens to be a doctor. You get to Julie and her husband navigate life tighter post football. You’re going to love her!

Are you currently working on any other projects?
I have a few projects up my sleeve, but nothing I am at liberty to discuss just yet. But this summer is going to be very exciting me for and Ballers- and the cast and I can not WAIT for you to see what we have been working on! Or as The Rock says, “What we’ve been cooking” June 21st baby!!

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