On the chilly spring morning of Guideposts' cover shoot with award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance, the L.A. sky was littered with gray, puffy clouds that released a slight drizzle. But inside the Griffith Park studio, Vance brought warmth and light.
Grooving to Stevie Wonder oldies in between wardrobe changes, the Emmy-nominated People v. O.J. Simpson actor spread a palpable joy throughout the set, which was expertly captured by our photographer Michael Larsen to create Guideposts' August 2016 cover.
In the cover story and our video interview, The Law & Order: Criminal Intent veteran shared how he finds the joy in being a caregiver for his mother Leslie Anita Vance, who suffers from ALS.
Enjoy some outtakes from our fun photo shoot and read his inspiring cover story here. --Brooke Obie.
Courtney B. Vance relies on faith and family to care for his mother who suffers from ALS. Read his cover story here.
"My goal was to go to Harvard. And I did," Courtney writes in his Guideposts August 2016 cover story. "Sophomore year I got bitten by the acting bug and by junior year, I was a member of the Boston Shakespeare Company."
"Growing up, I had always tried to hide my emotions and put on a good face," Courtney writes. "Through acting, all of that changed. I learned to channel my emotions into a character, a scene. It was so freeing. I’d discovered my gift."
Courtney became a series regular on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, starring in films and plays. He's now won a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries for his role as Johnnie Cochran in American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson.
"Then Mom was diagnosed with ALS. At first her symptoms seemed manageable. Still, [my wife, Golden Globe-winning actress] Angela [Bassett] was on her, saying, “You need to come live with us, Mama Leslie. The kids want to be with their nana,” Courtney writes in his Guideposts cover story.
Courtney says of his experience caregiving for his mother: "The days that are rough, that I struggle, that’s when I’ve learned not to question God but to lean harder on his unchanging hand, his ever-present help."
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