HELLO AMERICA!—While actor Kirk Kelley-Kahn, the grandson of late actress Juanita Moore was visiting other family members in Texas, his beloved grandmother suffered a heart attack at her home in Hollywood. They were both excited about appearing together in a new play â€œI Feel Sin Cominâ€™ On.â€ When he heard the news of her passing, he was devastated.
â€œIt was as though I had been hit by lightning,â€ he said. â€œThe idea that my granny was gone made it hard for me to breathe. I was hoping that Iâ€™d wake up and find it was a dream. But it wasnâ€™t, and the pain and everything I felt was real. The person I loved and respected more than anything in life wouldnâ€™t be there anymore.â€
During the last months of her life, Juanita tried to advise her grandson concerning survival in one of the toughest businesses in the world. â€œGranny,â€ he offered, â€œreminded me that no matter how much success you have in the business, itâ€™s important that you donâ€™t forget who you are and where you come from.
â€œShe said that it is so easy to believe the PR that is published about you in fan magazines and media. And you begin to believe that youâ€™re bigger than life and youâ€™re above the law and everything else. She reminded me often that there are people out there just waiting for you to fall on your butt just once; it will give them a reason to bring you down or throw stones. She often said that being â€œrealâ€ also contributes to â€œsurvival.â€ Itâ€™s a powerful force no matter the issue or challenge.â€
Kirk remembered how often his grandmother reminded him that he should keep learning and understanding the craft of acting, not only in front of the camera, but behind as well. â€œI realize now how important that advice was because I do have a strong interest in directing and even producing one day. She never wanted me to be limited to one aspect of the arts.â€
It is obvious that Kirk Kelley-Kahn is well grounded in reality. He is constantly in numerous workshops and classes to prepare himself for any creative challenge offered him. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted my grandmother to be proud of me,â€ he said. â€œAnd my deepest feeling is that sheâ€™s still there watching every move I make. And it makes me feel good! And somehow, I know she is.â€