Rosie Perez Explores Her 'Unpredictable Life'
Rosie Perez Explores Her 'Unpredictable Life'
Rosie Perez chats with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live about her book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.” Was it difficult to write this personal book? What was the most difficult aspect of her life to write about? And, was she ever able to forgive her mother for leaving her at a group home when she was three-years-old? Her book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life” is available now.
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Look yes it was I mean there was there was moments plant I was laughing out loud because I think a lot of you will cause I'm glad we us and -- -- -- if you look. But but there was moments Atlanta bury -- the -- You know I've worked on myself and I'm talking about things that well over forty is Eagles something that will -- when he is -- -- and I moved on and and have gotten past my past but still happening on the page with a whole different that the tricks and there are moments that really tough what what was the most difficult part to write in -- live. Went. I think the passing of my aunt and my father. That had me in tears for a couple of days and I called my -- the Carolina like -- -- that the end means via. And around that I think if not we it wasn't the abuse it was the passing a boast two wonderful people that saved me. The group most mean if it's at times very hard to read -- and I had tears in my eyes. And when I saw -- just before the segment began. I give you a big hug and I was Sam also hug in the three year old girl the three year old Rosie who was dropped off at what you called the home yet. And -- is -- the Catholic right home for little girls and buy your mom with three years old. If you were you ever able to forgive your mom for leaving you there with the nuns. I had to think in time so that I can enjoy -- life. But also to release her. And it and the pain when she. -- from my forgiveness. I saw a different person -- woman that lived lit a lot of regret. And -- -- and hot -- and as an adult you start to see your parents in a different light because you. Except that mistakes and failures of your own life so then you start to learn and a two on grow empathy for them. And although. She wasn't a great person a great mom. She was still -- person. That deserves some type of dignity at the end so that's why I was able to forgive -- it wasn't easy and it didn't happen immediately it wasn't a TV moment. You know but repeat happening and I'm glad -- I notice in the buck it's partly dedicated to her and the dedication and your mom -- listed there. We need to ask for your forgiveness was and in her final days it was in her final days and it was very very desperate plea and it broke my high. And I saw a woman who. Her dreams. Didn't -- for -- You know because of her mental illness because would be a child abuse -- she -- -- And she wasn't able to break the cycle she continued at by inflicting that on her children which -- sat. And that's that's the biggest point of my book. Is that I took ownership of my issues because I didn't want to continue the cycle. I wanted to be as happy as I normally am but inside -- out and 24 seven. And -- but that's that's when she -- for. I mean here's a woman and your mother what a complicated captain you know starting at fourteen years old she had five kids right with her husband and then you with another man. So. -- later more laid -- that I mean she couldn't. Stop I -- stop herself from so do you takes pity on her a little bit and does it sort of sympathize with her life. Sympathize with -- I don't I don't like to pity anyone because I don't like anyone to -- me. But I I. I did -- -- -- -- -- -- Because I think that if my mother didn't suffer mental illness she probably be a next time she was she wasn't -- budding -- singing. Star in Puerto Rico and -- streams were crushed. Rosie and -- come from this -- to -- -- do you find as happy as when he read the buck as they said the page turn -- -- your heart just breaks. But this little girl and her transition how did you come through. I don't know I don't know if it was just who I was in -- just in me. Or if there was my -- in my father because my aunt used to suffer from depression -- You know but she always would stay you know I thought it bans but tomorrow -- -- I think they begin. And I'm glad that yeah Hollywood lap together -- an end. And she never really got. Two down she always -- the humor in life a light lines and the hope in life. And my father did as well and I think that that's what I got from them. And even one of the key in the home I still was silly and -- -- funny. You know except when they -- -- my -- but you know I think couldn't deal with there they couldn't kill my spirit it was undeniable. Own. -- you talk about the -- girls and you talk about your relationship with. All good what was what was there I guess the split -- -- what was that over. Why don't wanna give -- a -- what I do want to say is that. It was just attack it was a test that was twenty years ago instead it's -- -- -- -- and I'm sure she has to. But the reason why -- put it in the box was to show people that what I was right or wrong my reaction was over the top. And the way it affected me. It shouldn't happen and I had to look inside -- -- why am I letting it bother me so much. Why is everyone. Getting so hyped up and getting so much enjoyment over our fight it's really disgusting and I had to pull away. And say I'm not going to be -- -- of this anymore I need to move on have you heard from her as she reached at the -- now but it's okay. You know she will remain as you well and you know but I I. I have a -- is. I don't. I'm not a negative press. In -- let me several times amount of negative press and I'm very happy for access that and she's a mom to and it looks like she's a wonderful on. And you know but even with someone like Jamie Foxx I saw -- seventeen years later and we -- and we laughed and weak case then. And then he quickly reminded me how -- Crist is ASL and not you know it well we may have you know and I said you know I'm so aside -- that his that I think gave you. Seconds after that you know we had a good time happened in the coming up but that's the player book despite dealing issues war funding and -- -- life. It's great stuff Rosie it's a great read now -- starter. Her book handbook for an unpredictable life is in stores right now recommended --