Please explain what just happened.

Some guy just sang really badly on American Idol, and I almost burned my dinner.

What is your earliest memory?

I remember the Bronx Zoo really well.I liked riding on the elephant, but my sister was scared to get on.I was 4 years old and the zoo was my very favorite place.At least that’s how I remember it.


If you weren’t an actor, what other profession would you choose?

If I weren’t an actor, I would be an elementary school teacher.  I love working with young kids; teachers can have a huge influence on their lives.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Leftover rice, chicken, 3 gallons of water, leftover turkey chili, hummus, milk, dozen eggs, bag of olives,half a jar of tomato sauce, 7 green peppers, yam, cheese, and turkey bacon.

What verb best describes you?


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

He is not that great. You can, and will, do better.Save your money and really pay attention to those around you. Especially that teacher you thought you were smarter than.Also, it is not that serious.

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

Count to ten, walk away, take a deep breath, and deal with the problem at hand.

Define “success.”

Success is enjoying all the aspects of living and sharing it with people you love. Creating a legacy through work and art.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I get my greatest inspiration from my mom.I admire her perseverance and strength and try to reflect that in my own life.

What change do you want to be in the world?

True understanding without the politics would be great change. I believe then we will be able to get things done.

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

I am pro-emoticon. It is so much easier than typing out your feelings.I am all into saving time where you can.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

One of my best friends had Thanksgiving with Kevin and his family two years in a row so I guess 2 degrees…

What makes you feel most guilty?

Lying to get out of events with friends because I just don’t feel like dealing with them.

Please list three things you never leave home without.

Wallet, cell phone, and car keys (even if I don’t plan on driving anywhere, I might change my mind later on).

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Just go with flow, it will always work out somehow. Stop trying to be so different.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Try to love what you do or are doing, it makes the journey a lot more interesting.

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Killing a dream without consideration or action.

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

The Price is Right.What other excuse would you have to act a fool on stage in everyday clothes and possibly win a car at the same time? Also, I’m really good with numbers.

What do you want to know?

I would like to know how to make all emoticons.I would like to know the numbers for the next lottery.I would like to know if people are really truly ready for change.

What would you like your last words to be?

I love you.

Please explain what will happen.


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Native New Yorker TAIFA HARRIS is an actor, believer, and lover of the arts who brings a unique combination of wit, savvy, and intelligence to her work. Harris was introduced to the arts at a very young age while attending the Jamaica Arts Center in Queens and later, at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Her family and community fostered—and continue to foster—her creative spirit, a favor Harris plans to return to younger generations.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Harris recently finished performing in 10 Months: Wilmington Voices at The Delaware Theater Company. Other theaters where Harris has performed are the Yale Rep, Roundhouse Theater, The Acting Company, West Virginia Public, City Theater Company in Pittsburgh, Sierra Repertory Theater, Imagination Stage, and The Depot Theater. Some of her favorite roles include Veronica in Valley Song, Ernestine in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, and Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’. Harris also played Mary Wilson in the film The Temptations. Harris currently shares her life in New York City with her wonderful husband, Paul Domencic.

Harris will be performing in Sheila's Day produced by Crossroads Theater at Hartford Stage in Connecticut July 22-August 15.

2 responses to “21 Questions with Taifa Harris”

  1. Judy Prince says:

    I enjoyed your generous, pragmatic, down-to-earth responses, Taifa, and especially appreciated this one: “Success is enjoying all the aspects of living and sharing it with people you love. Creating a legacy through work and art.” Legacy is all-important.

    Now I’m going to rent _The Temptations_ to watch you play Mary Wilson.

    Welcome to TNB!

  2. Gloria says:

    This interview was really interesting and I liked reading it, but my main comment is man, you sure do have pretty eyes.

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