Cooking up Hollywood: Denise Boutte

Cooking up Hollywood: Denise Boutte

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And so when we’re doing the cookbook, I was like why don’t I go ahead, partner these suckers up and make this a great partnership. So in the cookbook, I use Louisiana Girl Low Sodium Seasoning. It’s just kind of something that evolved over time. I finally had the guts to follow through and then Jenard, gave me culinary credit because, if you look at my caliber of characters, half the time they’re too “up in there”, they don’t know, they’re too busy stealing men and money to cook(laughing). So Denise is very different from the characters I portray. I was like, you know, people are never going to believe that my behind can cook(laughing). We finished it, wrapped it up, and lo and behold, we got hard copies. So yeah. It was awesome. Everybody wants instant gratification and nothing, for the most part, happens overnight. I mean, you gotta work at it and you got to really have the guts to follow through. So that’s where Southern Modified and Louisiana Girl all came from.

SUAVV: I think I have one more thing. I know you do a lot of charity work and you’re involved, like a lot of different things that happen. Are you show up to them. Um, are there any particular charity that you’re very fond of?

Denise: I’m always up for anything that says female empowerment or it has to do with a kid not to put a finger on any one charity in particular. A lot of the work back home in Louisiana. So talking with kids from the church, from the elementary school and just showing up and being a small-town girl. Sometimes, If I go to a mall or whatever, sometimes you can just see me in the food court just talking to people, but small-town folks that are looking up and saying, hey, you know, you did it. How can I get involved? I always encourage folks, I know it looks like an easy sport and I know that for some it’s true. It can happen overnight and I guess you could kind of say that’s what happened with me. It’s the reason why I’m able to persevere, the reason why I’m able to take the highs and the lows is because of my faith, my family, and the fact that I know I’m not a one-trick pony. I’ve come from business. I come from the world. That’s the reason why I’m branding with regard to the cookbook and the seasonings and all that. I know that I have the business savvy and I have this under my belt. Rather than using it for the agency, I’m using it for myself. So a lot of the reason you can persevere and ride the rollercoaster is that you have something else to put your energies into between waiting on the next auditions. I hope it wouldn’t be over.

So, you know, being that it has so many family members, you know, who had been affected by breast cancer. So, you know, just again creating awareness, talking to people, making people able to support a friend or a family member to walk that walk and again. Black women have a higher rate of having breast cancer and are affected by this disease more than anybody because we don’t get checked, I’ve been getting mammograms since like 26 or 27 because it runs in my family and I had a scare or whatever and ran to the doctor and they were like, because of your history, you should continue to get them every year. So I’ve been getting mammograms ever since then.

So it’s just, we have to be aware, we have to do better and we have to be able to know the facts and know the alternatives and get second opinions. So, I would say there’s not one particular cause I would love to say that there is, but whenever asked and presented with an opportunity, I’m very willing to be there, between the youth and just making people more conscious and opening their minds and educating them. Especially, if I’ve had personal experience with it, I don’t like to talk from non-experienced or not knowing. But I would say if my presence makes somebody listen up and pay attention, I’m honored.

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