“I usually like to do a physical and a vocal warmup before I go in,” Curran says. “Helen is such a deep character, and I have to go to those dark places.”
The actress had to do quite a bit of research in preparation for this character. “Research really helped me to learn about the character and about this culture that I had no idea about,” she explains. “It just goes to show that I grew up in a bubble.”
All the stars came out for CareOne‘s “Starry Night Masquerade,” and #HipNJ was there for all the action!
Our Lisa Marie Latino chatted with the A-List stars on the black carpet, including pop singer JoJo, New York Giants Super Bowl Champions Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz, and CareOne President and CEO Daniel E. Straus and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus. Other attendees included various NFL alumni, Danielle Brooks of Orange is the New Black and model Joan Smalls.
This event especially hit home for New Jersey native great Cruz, who is half-Puerto Rican. “Puerto Rico is near and dear to my heart…Anytime you get to raise money for a great cause and for a cause like Puerto Rico and their disaster relief, you can’t ask for a better place to do it and a better organization [than CareOne] to facilitate it.”
CareOne’s event, held at the Skylight Clarkson North in New York City, raised more than$4 million in support of hurricane-relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Prior to “Starry Night Masquerade,” CareOne embarked on an October 11th mission trip to Puerto Rico where staff visited hospitals and spoke with physicians and patients on the ground to evaluate how best to address the immediate needs of the island’s medical community.
The event’s emcee, CNN’s Jason Carroll, was so moved by the outpouring of love from the attendees: “These people here tonight are making an effort to really make a change, and I’m so honored to be a part of it.”
Thanks to the generosity of CareOne’s supporters, the company plans to continue providing help to the citizens of Puerto Rico and are scheduling follow-up trips in the coming weeks and months!
“We have found that each person can make a difference when they come together, and we are going to continue to do so,” proclaimed Elizabeth Straus.
Soules was born in Jersey City, and moved to Greenwood Lake with her family when she was about five. The NJ Native did not have a typical upbringing.
“I grew up in a house that, for some years, had no running water.” She goes on to say that she and her family carried water that ran by the brook on the side of the house.
While Soules did not see a problem with this, her classmates perceived her as “dirty” and began to exclude her. “I didn’t have the right consumer goods, I didn’t have the right clothing, so I was pretty much an outcast.”
At that time, Soules decided that she wanted to be known for who she was, what she had to say, and how she treated people.
She has been doing just that. In 2014, she won “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black.
To learn more about Dale Soules, head over to her website.