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    • Kellee: I think My Boys is a great change for us. I love that we can see dating and relationships more from the male point of view, and I love that the central character, PJ, is a guy's type of girl. On TV, we see the long hair, lipstick and high heels, and that's not representative of every female in America and beyond. We need to take the time to say we don't have to put on three inches of make-up to be attractive, to be intelligent, to get a date. It's fresh and exciting, and I think if the viewers give it a chance, we'll really see how far we can go with it.

    • Kellee: (on the text messaging phenomenon) You are better than a text message. He needs to pick up that phone and hear your lovely voice and communicate with you. For real.

    • Kellee: (Advice to single women who are fed up with the dating scene) Love yourself. Be grounded and positive in who you are. Don't apologize for what you want in life, and go after it with a fierceness that you have never experienced. Try to laugh at least 10 times a day. Try to give a gift of yourself to someone else in need, and don't focus on wanting to find that special man. Focus on who you are and, if he's smart, he will find you.

    • Kellee: God is my soul mate, so yes, I very much believe in soul mates. And I believe people are put in your life for a reason. Even my failed relationships or friendships have taught me how to be a better person. There's always a lesson to be learned, so as long as I keep God as my soul mate first, everything I do from this point forward will positively influence my life.

    • Kellee: You know, I'm just like everybody out there who wants to find someone to connect with. I am a hopeless romantic, and there was a time when I never really thought that being in a stable relationship would come to pass in my life. Once I got over that bitterness and got grounded again in my spiritual life, I was better able to enjoy the dating experience.

    • Kellee (Talks about her philosophy to dating): Be yourself and understand that successful dating is not about sacrifice, but there will be compromise. I have learned in my past relationships that I used to sacrifice myself too much to please the person I was dating. Make the decision to compromise, but definitely never sacrifice yourself.

    • Kellee (When ask if she thinks guys prefer the girlie-girl? Or do they really go for tomboys?): I think it is individual preference, but after shooting the show and hearing some responses from people, a lot of guys really do like the guy's type of girl. I think that's because they can relate. I think every man, of course, wants a woman who knows that she's a woman and has feminine qualities, but they also want someone they can sit on the couch with and have a beer and watch a football game, and she won't be asking him 100 questions like, Why did they kick it? (Laughs)

    • Kellee (When asked if she is in real life the typical girlie-girl like Stephanie): So much so that everyone in the cast feels like we are typecast and we laugh about it all the time because Jordana Spiro, who plays PJ, will show up to work in jeans and sneakers and I'm the one who will show up in four-inch stilettos and a skirt. I enjoy being feminine.

    • Kellee (Talk after doing a small part in the movie Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda's as her makeup artist, a scene that was edited out of the film): I did get to work with Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes, who I met on the set, then brought me onto Wanda Does It for Comedy Central. Which didn't last too long, but it was really a whole lot of fun, and after that, Guess Who, with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. And did a pilot with Lara Flynn Boyle right after that for UPN called Crazy, but it didn't get picked up that year. So then this is my second pilot here for My Boys for TBS, which did get picked up, so... (Pause for breath.)

    • Kellee (Talks about a difficult life lesson that she learned at an early age): I thought, 'These people are adults and they don't like me simply based on the color of my skin. That's sad.' That's very, very sad. And we need to take the time now to go, 'Why are we doing this to kids, to adults, to whoever?' Just as long as people are treating each other well, that's all we should care about.

    • Jordana Spiro (Talks about his co-star and friend Kellee Stewart of My Boys)): Isn't she incredible? I'm really happy with their dynamic. She and I have a great relationship off set, as well. She is a lot like her character in that she's an incredibly strong person, but she's always grounded in a lot of femininity. She very much embraces being a woman; it was very clear to see why PJ needs her around. They accept each other completely and don't judge each other at all, and yet they're totally different people.

    • Kellee (Talks about what the job of booking models taught her): When I walk into a room, what does the person on the other side of the desk actually see or feel? How can I make that impact? she said (who, if she ever quits acting, might want to consider motivational speaking).
      I learned that good is never good enough, that you have to come out feeling like you did the most amazing work possible.
      Because then you've won that challenge for yourself, and whether or not you get the job will not affect you negatively in the same way.

    • Kelle (Talks about her beginnings as an actress): I moved to New York and was doing off-Broadway theater and regional theater, became a modeling agent for a little bit to support myself. I was modeling and the agency I was modeling for lost a booker. I decided to take it so that way I could learn more about casting. Instead of waiting tables, because I don't do that very well, I just don't pour coffee very well.

    • Kellee (Talks about when she saw her first play): The first play I saw, I was about 7 years old. My mother opened my door and said, 'We're going to play hooky,' and I didn't know what that meant but she explained that 'You're not going to go to school today and I'm not going to go to work today.' She got me all dressed up and we went to New York City and saw 'Cats.' And I was so ecstatic. I was actually sitting on the aisle seat, and when the cats come through the audience, and they run back to the stage, I got up and ran and followed a cat up to the stage. And my mother just was so embarrassed, (Kellee said, laughing). Then she said, 'Well, I guess that's what she's going to do.'

    • Kellee (Tells us how she can relate to the themes on Guess Who): I have not brought anybody home, however I was that for someone else. Across the street from where I lived in Pennsylvania I dated a blonde, blue-eyed caucasian guy, and his parents were not happy to see me across the street with him. And it was very, very hurtful. I was called the 'n' word. Had the principal call his parents into school to let them know that he was dating an African-American girl, what that was like, and it was very painful for me in my childhood. My wonderful mother was the forefront of my life, the rock of my life, who said, 'Listen, this does not define you. This is not who you are. This is ignorance in its worst guise and you have to decide whether or not it's worth it for you.' And at that moment it wasn't.

      Now I think you can love whoever you want to love. Love should be colorblind. It's not always, but it definitely should be. But at that moment I learned a hard lesson. I will never let anyone degrade me, no matter what color they are.

    • Kellee (Talks about what scene defines the movie Guess Who): I think the dinner scene where we're all telling jokes and Ashton's character, Simon Green, is telling some jokes about African-Americans. We're laughing at ourselves and then we realize, 'Okay, it's no longer funny. Now let's deal with what this issue is.' I think that that's what the film is about. You can laugh at certain things but then you have to take a step back and go, 'But what's the issue underneath the laughter. Let's deal with it and get rid of it.' I think that that scene has that in it.

    • Kellee (On who was crazier on the set of Guess Who, Bernie Mac or Ashton Kutcher): Bernie Mac! I have to say sometimes it was a toss-up. I think Bernie Mac because he always had a joke for everything. And Ashton was really thinking about the whole picture, how everything is going to really come together. They're both extremely professional but they work differently. They're like the odd couple, I call them. But Bernie Mac had me in stitches a lot.

    • Kellee (Talks about playing Bernie Mac's Daughter): I call him Daddy Mac. It was so crazy but so much fun. Can you think of a better dad to have onscreen? I mean, really, you know? It was so much fun.

    • Kellee (Talks about bonding with her onscreen sister Zoe Saldana): I feel like this is the sister that I never had. I actually just punk'd her though with Ashton Kutcher. I felt really bad because I had to lie to her for three weeks. But it went well. The punk went well. She was a trooper; she was so great. But we did, we became great friends. We spent time at each other's house. We both know each other's family. She's a wonderful person and she is like the sister that I never had.

    • Kellee (About her character in the film Guess Who): I play Keisha. I play the sister to Theresa, played by Zoe Saldana. Wonderfully played by Zoe, I may add. And I'm a little happy that she's done this because now I can get with anyone and get away with anything I want to get away with (laughing). So I'm more of the feisty, funky, eccentric girl in the film.