The Underrated Maria Howell
I love having conversations.
It’s how you connect with and get to know a person. I’ve been fortunate and I’m very grateful for the conversations that I’ve been able to have in my time as a journalist.
I had an incredible conversation with a beautiful actress/singer named Maria Howell.
If she’s not someone you know about, then you need to learn about her and this article will be your starting point.
It’s kind of hard to know exactly where to begin; we talked about so much and found that we had so much in common. At one point in conversing we found out that we were both Star Trek fans. There are so many facets to Maria’s personality – actress, singer, woman of faith.
We quickly became friends.
As an actress, we’ve seen her play opposite stars Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Cameron Diaz, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid, Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
She sings up a storm – Maria has shared the stage with musical legends, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh.
The side of Maria that is a woman of faith has allowed her spiritual side to act as her compass – never allowing herself to do anything that she might question herself on later in life.
Just like most people, the clearest memory I have of Maria goes back to when I was a little boy and I watched that incredible scene of her portraying the choir soloist in The Color Purple. One critic quoted the performance as being “one of the film’s most stirring moments.” Even seeing her in other films where she has given performances that were just as riveting, my mind still goes back to that first time I saw her on the screen.
“I was just an extra and then I got bumped up to a featured extra. Little did I know that I would have a pivotal point in the climax of the movie.” Maria said. “There were two other songs for that point in the movie and there were two other choirs singing. They cut the two songs down to mine. I didn’t know while we were filming how significant that part was.”
“God smiled on me on that one. I had no idea. I looked at that movie for the first time because I was so relieved that I didn’t get cut out of it. I had to go back to see it a second time so I could enjoy it.”
“I was so nervous and on pins and needles. We had our premiere in Charlotte and my whole family was there. We watched that movie and it took so long to get to that part that I was thinking it had gotten cut out. No one ever told me that this was the pivotal point in the movie.”Continued on the next page