Born in France and raised in Cameroon, Karine Plantadit moved to Cannes to study dance at age 14. The talented dancer and actress subsequently moved to New York City to study dance with Alvin Ailey for 7 years before making her Broadway debut in the original cast of The Lion King. She has since appeared in Movin' Out, Saturday Night Fever, and was nominated for a Tony for her role as Kate in Come Fly Away. Find out what thrills Karine most as we get her On The Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My love of life and the true belief that we can always create magical things.
What was your proudest moment?
2 most recent ones: 1) Facing the murderer of my dad and courageously choosing to pass in his cell a book on Buddhism which hi-lighted the sacredness of all Lives and the choice to honor life. 2) Being chosen to be in this cast
Ooh … And to be nominated for a Tony Award as an actress ( though I never really spoke verbally)
What is your favorite drink?
Appleshauler (?): fizzy water with apple juice
Gin and tonic
What is your favorite food?
Anything made with love and joy without meat
What is your favorite condiment?
Cream of balsamic vinegar
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
Making dance movies at the caliber of a feature films … But just dancing.
Walking on the foot steps of Cyd Charisse.
To direct outside of the theater realm
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Thinking I should respond to all requests
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Love of life and understanding that there is a cause and effect to everything.I have a jaguar … I care for my jaguar and I will honor my jaguar. (lol)
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
My love of traveling and being with different kind of people.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What in the world most thrills you?
The possibility of creating Peace where there was none.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The disconnect between people and the default choice to stay divided or act alone.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Laughing badly on stage to the point of not being able to execute the choreography.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My home in the south of France
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Reciprocity and truth and the choice to dialogue and work things through.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Love them all
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
1)That the whole world choose to abolish nuclear weapons and chose to DROP ANY WAR ACTIVITIES right at this moment. 2) To see Warren Carlyle being rewarded ( beyond imagination ) for his incredible generosity and talents as a director and choreographer.
What is your personal motto?
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
“nothing is missing and there's always more”