Garcelle Beauvais: Sister Francine
Named one of People Magazine’s highly-coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, Haitian- born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. A seasoned actress, Garcelle Beauvais recently starred in the upcoming indie film, "A Girl Like Grace," from executive producer Dan Garcia. "A Girl Like Grace" is a coming of age story about a young girl Grace from a small town discovering her purpose in this world. Garcelle plays Lisa, her alcoholic single mother lost in her youth trying to live a caviar life on a spam budget at the expense of her daughter. “A Girl like Grace” is slated to be released in Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Ohio, D.C. and Los Angeles in December 2016. Garcelle was also just announced as the host of “Window Warriors,” a store front skill-based design reality series on GSN, and has also completed filming her latest film project "Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The wildly anticipated addition to the super-hero series will release summer of 2017. In addition to all of the above, Garcelle currently serves as host on Fox’s daytime talk-show, HOLLYWOOD TODAY LIVE, where she breaks down the latest in entertainment, pop culture, and celebrity news.
Above all, Garcelle’s most important job is being a mother. She has been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled ‘I AM,’ addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book ‘I AM MIXED,’ about being siblings of mixed ethnicities, was released in August 2013. The second book, “I AM LIVING IN TWO HOMES,” addresses the difficulty of having parents who are no longer together as they discover the benefits of having two very different homes to explore and enjoy. The book was released on August 19, 2014. Her most recent book in the series, “I AM AWESOME” was published in 2015.
Looking back, Garcelle got her start when she began modeling at the age of seventeen and easily transitioned to acting in the Aaron Spelling series “Models, Inc.” After that, she co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show.” For four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue.” She was recently a series regular on TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.” Other television credits include: memorable roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Arrested Development”, and “The Exes”, a starring role opposite Tim Daly in the ABC television show “Eyes” and guest appearances on “Human Target,” “Crash,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show.”
Most recently Garcelle can be seen in the film, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, directed by Roland Emmerich, where she stars alongside Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum as the First Lady of the United States. She can also be seen as the lead in the indie drama AND THEN THERE WAS YOU as well as the feature film, FLIGHT (directed by Robert Zemeckis), as Denzel Washington’s wife. She shot the independent film SMALL TIME alongside Chris Meloni and Bridget Monahan, directed by Joel Surnow which was released in April 2014. In between her acting projects, she also co-hosts for shows like E!’s “Fashion Police” and “Access Hollywood Live” on NBC.
Garcelle’s additional feature film credits include: the Film Independent Award- nominated AMERICAN GUN, with Forrest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland, WOMEN IN TROUBLE with Simon Baker and Josh Brolin, BARBERSHOP 2: Back in Business, with Queen Latifah and BAD COMPANY opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. She also shot the short film EYES TO SEE which focuses on the Haiti earthquake, inspired by the writer/director's personal involvement with the Haitian relief effort right after tragedy.
Garcelle supports the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential. She is also active with March of Dimes and Fonkoze.
She currently resides in Los Angeles and has three sons, Oliver, Jax and Jaid.
"The moment I finished reading Lalo's House I knew I had to be involved! I was moved, shocked and in tears! The story needs to be told to shed light and save these children's lives." - Garcelle Beauvais
Jimmy Jean-Louis: Jean (the father)
Jimmy led a simple life in a remote village in Haiti until the age of twelve, when he moved to Paris. He has worked in musical theatre in Spain, spending three years with a musical theater "La Belle Epoque", and has had a successful career as an international model. Jimmy moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and immediately started honing his chosen craft by lending his abilities to underground and independent films. That eventually led to him landing a role in Jean Claude Van Damme's "Derailed", which set the stage for subsequent roles with other Hollywood A-listers. He went on to shoot "Tears of the sun" with Bruce Willis and Monica Belluci, "Hollywood Homicide" with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnet, "Monster-in-law" with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez and "The Miracle match" with Patrick Stewart, Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler. He played the lead role in "The Diary of a tired black man " and in "Phat Girlz" starring opposite Oscar winner Monique Imes Jackson as her love interest.
Jimmy portrayed the charismatic Rene "the Haitian" in the hit TV show "Heroes".
With an international appeal, he's been working in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria...making full use of his ability to speak 5 different languages.
He received a best actor nomination in the movie "Sinking Sand" at the AMAA 2011, the equivalent of the African Oscars.
"I feel a strong sense of responsibility in telling the story of Lalo's House, not just for the people of Haiti but for the people of the world. This film sheds light on a most important principal: that people were created to be loved, and not to be used. We all have a role in diffusing the chaos that reigns over our world today, and we must reverse our present reality where things are being loved and people are being used." - Jimmy Jean-Louis
Paul Beaubrun: Songwriter/composer
Born into a notable musical family, Paul Beauburn seemed destined for a life on stage, but it wasn't until a forming Zing Experience that he realized the medium through which he would broadcast his own message to the masses. Since 2006, he has been sharing his roots rock sound, overlaid with uplifting rifts, with audiences all around the world. Paul has gained international and commercial appeal and has performed in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Canada and the U.S., making him one of the few artists out of Haiti that has been able to garner worldwide success.
"When I first read the script, I could see all the images coming alive in my mind. It's beautiful and touching. Of course I have two kids so its natural for me to see myself as the father and relate to the emotion of the story. The message is important because it's about human trafficking, modern slavery and how people exploit young children. I definitely think it's important to tell the story and expose the reality of many children everyday." - Paul Beaubrun