The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 17, 1998
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Straight Talk ADVICE Men are the "hot sauce": "For some women, a man is their whole meal. For me, life is a full meal and a man is just the hot sauce. If a man wants to be my whole meal, I say, That's nice, baby, but right now, I'm already full.'" Coed restrooms could be "fantastic": "It would be cool washing your hands and having a conversation [with someone of the opposite sex]." On TV's Ally McBeal, male and female lawyers share a bathroom. "They're having a lot of fun in there." Forgive yourself: "Everybody has made mistakes; everybody has faults. I'm not perfect. So I have to forgive myself." "It's fabulous being a black woman": "Being black and an actress is a challenge. It's the burden and the blessing I was born with. It's a burden because there aren't a lot of roles. It's a blessing because it's fabulous being a black woman. I wouldn't change places with anyone in the world." ASK CARSON FOR ADVICE Carson will write or call one reader who seeks advice. By May 24, write to "Straight Talk," RQ Box 3455, Chicago, III. 60654 (e-mail: Zaslow is an advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times Co. By Jeffrey Zaslow LlSfl NlCOlG UC Herroles on two of TV's hottest shows, ER and Ally McBeal, keep her hopping, but she has even bigger plans. "Life is a full meal," says the 28-year-old actress. to be Tevye. I wanted to L IKE MANY OTHER AMERICANS, Lisa Nicole Carson holds down more than one job. On Fox's Ally McBeal, she's Ally's feisty roommate. On NBC's ER, she's the mother of Dr. Benton's son. She's filming a movie, Life, with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy. A few Mondays ago, she appeared on two Fox sitcoms, Damon and Getting Personal, plus Ally McBeal. Her advice for people who punch a lot of clocks: "It helps if you really enjoy your jobs." She grins. "If you don't, then just think about the money." The Brooklyn-born Carson, 28, always has many roles in her. She played Yenta the matchmaker in a grade-school production of Fiddler on the Roof but craved more. "I wanted The mOKll Of Her story? "You have lines, everyone's inflec- *0 find 3 W3y. tions. I wanted to sing Sunrise, Sunset so badly it was killing me." She thought her big break had come in 1992, with a role in the final episode of The Cosby Show. She had two lines to say, but both were cut. She was crushed to have to stand there, mute. She tried to ad-lib but was reprimanded. "Not one word!" an assistant director snapped. So Carson made her mark with facial expressions. "I tried to have this attitude and emotion in my face." Her message for viewers: "I had lines to say, and if you could hear them, they'd be damn good!" The moral of her story: "You have to find a way." Carson has big plans. A former lead singer for a female rock band, she expects to record her own R&B/ pop compositions. She dreams of a career like Barbra Streisand's. "I'm unable to ignore the gift that God gave me," she says, "so I'm going to sing." d PRESIDENT, CEO & EDITOR: Marcla Bullard • PUBLISHER: Charlei Oabrlelson • VICE PRESIDENTS: Dave Barber, Bill Coakley, Carol Kerner-Odgli, Bath Lawrence, Thomai Melsel BOH-mOl Executive Editor: Amy Eisman Senior Editor Dan Olmsted Senior Associate Editor: Brenda Turner Associate Editors: Gayle Jo Carter, Carol Clurman, Patricia Edmonds, Constance Kurc, Lome lynch, Kathleen McCleary Copy Chief: Tom Lent Copy Edfton Terry Byrne Make A Difference Day Edton Pamela Brawn StarTWriten Dennis McCafferty Researcher Cesar G. Soriano Editorial Assts: Michele Hatty, Miranda Walker tl'lilini'l'lililirill-mil Fred Barnes, Ken Bumsjear i Carper, Jean Sherman Chattky, Roger Cossack, Stephen Covey, George Foreman, Monte Gunman, Mia Hamm, Stephanie Mansfieldjom McNichoUill Nelson, Soledad O'Brien, Cokie Roberts, Steve Roberts.Tabitha Soren, JamesTrefil, Greta VanSusteren, Jeffrey Zaslow DSl Art Director. Pamela Smith Assistant Art Directors: Clay Auch, Nathaniel Levine Photo Desk: Molly Roberts, Cindy Sorgen-Bcher Technology Manager: Treva Stose Office Staff: Kate Bond, Chris Martin tiuaiam Director New Media: Olerck Casselman Editorial: Vin Narayanan, Amelia Stephenson. Casey Shaw Advertising: Doug Knepper Hmmii»i.'i**mHM «•; Marilyn AI» Mm/Ymfc MY inn?? HfHi'iiimwimaaai IQOOWIIson Blvd., Arlington. Va. 22229 lauiioa 1-800-48T-29S8 i ••pond* to MMtaitoUU ecmrWi»«UttwaH»,.**i«i«(i-»«c..k. »«,iHJ.r«.F«*»»«p. «, USA WEEKEND Tli» ntagailM JU 18 USA WEEKEND • May 16-17,1998

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