There are not many women lucky enough to say that they truly have it all. Many sacrifice family for career and vice versa. Some never even get the chance to have one or the other. But that’s not the case with Holly Robinson Peete. As an actress, Holly made a name for herself in shows like “21 Jump Street,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” and “For Your Love.” And even as an accomplished actress, Peete sought more.
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First came love, then came marriage and Holly fearlessly pushed multiple baby carriages, rounding out her family with four beautiful children with the love of her life, former NFL baller, Rodney Peete. Holly had no clue that one of her children, Rodney Jr., would give her life more purpose than she ever though possible. His Autism, coupled with Holly’s father’s Parkinson’s Disease motivated her to found HollyRod–a foundation providing care to those affected with Parkinson’s and Autism.
Through her philanthropy, keen sense of awareness as a mother and wife, impressive business savvy and her ability to juggle it all while being effortlessly sexy is enough for a round of applause. Holly Robinson Peete is the consummate candidate for Best All Around in the superlatives of Black Hollywood.
In the midst of promoting Homegating (bringing the tailgating experience inside the home in a lavish way)with her hubby, Holly chatted with #TeamBeautiful about being authentic to land your husband, why she still hangs with “Mr. Cooper” and walked down memory lane with us.
HelloBeautiful: Where do you feel your extreme love of giving back comes from?
Holly Robinson Peete: It really comes from things that happened in my life that I thought at the moment were tragic, but I needed to flip the switch a bit and turn it around. It really came from things that happened to me that I wanted to create something positive out of it.
HB: You’ve started a foundation, Holly Rod…
HRP: We’re doing a bunch of different programs. We have an initiative to build a full-service Autism center. We have a Parkinson’s disease center in the University of Southern California and we have a Gift of Voice program and that program helps children who are non-verbal communicate through iPads and other tablets. It can be difficult because I am so hands on. But sometimes I have to back off. I get my hands dirty everyday. I go meet the families; I connect with them. I don’t think you can be a good philanthropist unless you get your hands really dirty and deal face to face with the people that you serve.
HB: What do you feel is the most rewarding experience of your life?
HRP: That’s gotta be my family. I mean, that’s a cliché, but it’s so true. The joy they bring me, the freedom they give me to be who I am and the comfort I feel when I am with them–the love.
HB:You truly seem to have it all…
HRP: There’s no such thing as having it all. There’s always something you’re gonna want more or something you wish was better in your life. But the reality is, the more you can appreciate what you have and focus on what you do have, instead of what you don’t have, that really is what brings you happiness in the end. It’s often unbalanced and most days I’m a real hot mommy mess. But the reality is, you appreciate those days that are really good, and when you have a bad day, you pick up and you get another shot.
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