Meagan Good: Finding Purpose in her Passion

Actress Meagan Good has graced both the big and small screens in a multitude of roles since childhood. What started out as a hobby has turned into a consistent career, something Meagan credits God for allowing. She says it’s her deep faith that’s gotten her through difficult times, keeps her moving forward, and allows her the opportunity to help support other young women.

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Day in and day out, the talented performer continues to take on new challenges within her craft. Not only is she stepping into characters who are inspiring, she’s fulfilling her passion of telling those stories from behind the camera.

Earlier this year, Meagan made her co-directorial debut on the film, “If Not Now, When?” alongside good friend and co-star Tamara Bass.

“It was such a great experience working with Tam,” says Meagan. “We see all of the same things, but we also see very different things, so having two sides to the brain working, you just cover all bases. We got each other, we knew the project we wanted to create and the message we wanted to share, and said let’s do it.”

While Meagan is now making films she’s passionate about, the transition from child to adult actor wasn’t without its challenges.

“A lot of the roles I was getting, I was fighting to find substance, and fighting to show people I am a dramatic actor, and I do want to try comedy,” she explains. “There is so much more in me that you aren’t seeing; you want me to be pretty, but that’s not enough for me and that doesn’t last forever.”

While Meagan admits she’s had quite a few transitions in her career, the wild ride is far from over. With a lineup of new projects, including a talk show alongside her sister and cousin, a new business venture, and an even stronger desire to use her platform for the greater good, it is her faith and strong belief in God that has allowed her to be right where she is.

BELLA caught up with the actress to talk about her life and career, and learn more about the ways in which she is living her purpose.

You’re staring in a new Lifetime movie, “Death Saved My Life,” alongside your sister La’Myia. What was the experience like?

I produced a film about 11 years ago called, “Video Girl,” and my sister played my sister in the film. Earlier this year, my directorial debut came out that she helped produce and also had a small cameo in, which was exciting. This film was the next thing. I read the script and fell in love with it.

When my sister decided to come on board it was pretty amazing. A lot of times when you’re doing a scene, especially when it’s emotional, you draw upon trauma and experiences you’ve been through to figure out how you can relate to the character and understand their experience. Since my sister and I have been through so much together and we know everything about each other, being in these scenes together was a unique and special experience that I hold dear to my heart.

Tell us a little bit about the character you play in the film.

The character’s husband is a well established man within their neighborhood and their city—he’s very beloved. She’s successful as well, has had some trouble in the past, dealt with depression, and her parents both passed away. Her sister disappeared for a good 10 years and her husband was her only support system. He’s controlling and manipulative, physically and emotionally abusive, and when she decides to stand up for herself, he plans to have her murdered.

It’s the true events of how this woman ultimately flipped this on its head and said, ‘I’m going to fake my own death and I’m going to get you to be accountable for what you’ve done.’

What did being a part of this project mean to you personally?

I’m big on women’s empowerment and self-love, and gaining the understanding that you are so worthy. It does not matter what you’ve done, it does not matter what’s been done to you, it does not matter what you’ve been through—you deserve God’s best because that’s what He wants for you. And what He wants for you is even more important than even what you want for yourself.

To me, this vehicle was an opportunity to hopefully give someone watching the courage to say, ‘You know what, I can step out of this, and I can survive. I deserve that.’ I wanted to be part of creating something that is about shedding light and being transparent, showing there is no shame, and that the only thing that matters is what we do from this point forward.

It’s a very special project and I hope it encourages, influences, and inspires the way I believe it can. Lifetime is an incredible platform; they’ve been such advocates of creating projects that are meaningful and inspiring. And also in the Black community, they are showing up for us, bringing more opportunity and putting money behind getting the word out—it’s a win across the board.

You made your directional debut this year with the film, “If Not Now, When?” How was the experience?

It was definitely a challenge, but I love directing. For me, having been in front of the camera for almost 30 years at this point, I’m not as excited about getting my makeup and hair done. I just want to hurry up and get on set so I can shoot the scenes. Being able to show up and be creative and not have to think about vanity, but just be there to serve people and serve the project you’re trying to create, and be creative with complete freedom is pretty amazing.

What message do you hope viewers take away from the movie?

I want women to see that they should not settle for less, and they shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves first. Don’t let go of your dreams for a man; your dreams are a part of your purpose, that’s a God thing. Just because you’ve been broken doesn’t mean you can’t be healed; there is forgiveness.

When people truly love you and you’re truly trying to make things right, the right people who are your tribe will see your heart above all else and give you the opportunity to do that. There is redemption in walking down dark paths and turning around and walking toward the light. I hope all of these different themes touch people in different ways, but at the end it comes back to self-love, sincere friendships, forgiveness, worth, and empowerment.

Next up is a half-hour comedy on Amazon, yet to be titled. What is the show about?

It’s about four women in their 30s, dating, discovering the things they want in life, careers, families…it’s pretty wonderful. The show is wildly inappropriate, hella funny, definitely has lots of levity, heart, rawness, and honesty, while still just being those real conversations you have with girls that men have no idea you have, just like they do.

I play a college professor of anthropology and love, but she just can’t get her love life together. It’s a cool, fun, and quirky character.

Coming from a close-knit family, what has it been like having this talk show, “Cousins,” with La’Myia and your cousin Dijon?

We have a lot of fun and are so close; we’re pretty much all siblings. We consider ourselves “partners in purpose.” We have very similar —if not the same—desires of what we believe we were created for and what we want to put out into the world. Getting together is legit fun, but it’s purposeful. We’re always thinking about how can we put something in the world that is meaningful and helpful to someone else because that’s what we all have in common as human beings. We’re all here to help each other.

You recently launched your own line of hair accessories that includes masks. What led you to start “Good Girl Wraps?”

Dr. Kari [Williams], a good friend of mine, is a hair doctor, and we created Goddess Locs together. The year I decided I wanted to wear dreadlocks, I thought, how do we create a dreadlock that doesn’t look like everybody else but feels natural and pretty, that I can wear often, and is a protective hairstyle?

When I met Dr. Kari, she asked my inspiration, and I said Lisa Bonet. As I wore them for everyday life, doing certain things like working out or trying to sleep, my hair would get in my face. So I created Good Girl Wraps to protect my Goddess Locs and keep them in place. I started wearing them in my workout videos and people were interested, asking if I could sell them. I had never really thought of the fact that there wasn’t anything created for some of these hairstyles, but there was a real demand for it. The response and support has been pretty great, and the feeling I was able to create something there was a need for, not something that already existed.

I added masks because I didn’t like a lot of them; I thought they looked funny. The shaping was weird and the most complimenting shape was this really cool Bane one (like from “Spider-Man”) that looked bad ass—like a ninja.

How are you using your platform and experiences to help other young women?

My sister and I created a nonprofit called, “For the Greater Good.” Because of what we do, we’re able to go into different school districts and speak to the kids, mentor them, talk about resources for the career path they may want to pursue. There are several young women I mentor and connect with.

Who has been inspirational in your life?

My godfather, Jim Brown, has encouraged me. He’s definitely been a force. He’s someone who has inspired me to get into activism, to use my voice and my platform as something greater than myself and to always be vocal in what I believe. He has taught me to pull these things together and use them specifically for the betterment of other people.

What’s up next for you?

I start “Shazam! 2” in May, and am excited about that because the older superheroes are going to be in it a lot more. I can’t wait to get back into fight training—I’m excited for that. And after all the craziness of last year, it’s nice to come straight into a job, have a month off, then straight into another job that will take me into September. It’s going to be a good year!

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