Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and moved to Toronto with my family when I was a child. I was named after my Grandmothers: Marie-Louise & Bernadette…you take the first few letters out of each name, and you get “Malube.” I’ve always loved my name. 

How did you first become interested in acting? 

I knew when I was very young that I wanted to act. I loved watching films with my parents and was emotionally affected by them because the circumstances seemed real to me. I now know that it was empathy, and that film, when done well, can evoke emotion from their audiences. And now that I’m older with more experience, I love being part of the journey of creating stories for others to resonate with. It thrills me. I proceeded to act in plays throughout my High School career, as well as participate in the Sears Drama Festival each year. My favourite time of the year in High School was late September/early October…when the cast list for the next school play would come out and be posted in the school’s cafeteria. I am more obsessed with acting now than I ever was. I love it. 

How did your time in b current’s rAiz’n Ensemble help prepare you for your eventual career in acting? 

I loved my time with rAiz’n because it set the bar for helping us young artists to find our voices through writing, acting, music, and producing. This platform gave me a chance to discover myself as an artist and explore what kind of artist I wanted to become. Of course, the kind of artist I want to be is ever-changing, but studying at rAiz’n affirmed that I was the kind of artist who was gifted in storytelling in different ways. I am so thankful that this was affirmed early on. 

What can you tell us about your role as Tarika Hill in the Apple TV+ series, Five Days at Memorial? 

I was fortunate to get to play nurse Tarika Hill. She, like most, knows that she has huge responsibilities in this particular circumstance but is navigating the horrors of this occurrence to the best of her ability. She’s very funny, personable, and has an open heart, and Memorial is her home. 

What sets this show apart from other medical dramas out there? 

John Ridley, Carlton Cuse, and Wendy Stanzler did a very good job humanizing this piece’s characters. Yes, these were doctors, nurses, patients, etc., but at the end of the day, they were also people who were in an unusual, foreign circumstance. It really was the worst-case scenario, beyond imaginable. And so what do you do when you find yourself in this situation, and the skills you have are not enough, but the responsibility rests on you? I think this show does a great job of taking us through everyone’s response to an unlikely situation. We get to see human nature at play on a visceral level. It’s incredible. You’ve done work on Titans, Buffaloed, and The Handmaid’s Tale, to name a few. 

You’ve done work on Titans, Buffaloed, and The Handmaid’s Tale, to name a few. What have you learned from these experiences? 

The wonderful thing about these projects that you’ve mentioned is that I have fond memories of each of them. ‘Titans’ was the first time I acted with my father’s mother tongue, ‘Lingala.’ That was so special to me. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do that after only working in English and French. It was vulnerable, and it was amazing. In Buffaloed, I was awestruck by Zoey being the lead and one of the producers of the film. I couldn’t clock when she switched from one hat to another. It was incredible and really opened my eyes to wearing different hats in the industry. The Handmaid’s Tale awakened my imagination; I completely immersed myself in the circumstance of needing to be rescued, or I would die. It was exhilarating after the fact, but I was in the story while we were working. It’s the best part of acting when you’re immersed in the story you’re telling. It’s so important to have practices that bring you back to reality. 

What’s next for your career?

I have a film on Lifetime that just came out this summer, called “Trapped with My Husband,” directed by Roxanne Boisvert. I am writing…LOADS…so stay tuned for that. I also have another film coming out very soon, something a lot lighter than ‘Five Days at Memorial.’ I look forward to sharing more information about it with you and on my socials so stay tuned! 

What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses? 

As soon as you have that nudge that you want to start acting…TRAIN! Training is a forever thing. Christopher Plummer trained until his dying day. One of the best things about our career is that we are in a constant state of discovery; we’re always learning something new about the story we are exploring, which lends itself to our lives. It’s important to train and develop your skills so that you can tell stories in the best possible way. ALSO, I would advise aspiring actors to amp up the self-care to a thousand. If you can, get into therapy. Surround yourself with people who see you as your best self; it helps make life better. Hydrate, mind your business, and take care of your mind, body, and soul. Protect your spirit. It’s a lifestyle. You can do it, you just have to believe you can and surround yourself with people who believe you can too. 

What’s your life like off-set? 

I make it a point to seek out the simplest joys in my life. I love balance. I pray and meditate A LOT! Off-set, I am spending quality time with my close-knit, supportive friends/family, as well as my community, which consists of other actors who bring each other up, counsel one another, and study together. Lately, I’ve been hiking a lot, travelling with the people I love, reading, and trying new wines. I love working out, and I’m doing that regularly. My neighbours can find me reading outside when it’s warm, with a cup of coffee in hand. Also, I’m always up for the next big adventure. 

Let the readers know where to find you online. 

I can be found on: instagram: @malubeug; where I share what I am up to career-wise and sometimes, life-wise.

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