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Roz Williams

Actress, Filmmaker, Mom

An Interview by Catherine Wayland

Roz Williams Roz Williams is first a friend and mother to Coleman, one of Jax and Brody’s best friends from New York City.  But Roz, her husband Craig and their son Coleman are a very special family to get to know.  They work as a team.  You just don’t see one without the other two.  Roz and Craig have their own production company Red Wall Productions,  So, when I was putting out the International Family Magazine issue on “Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters” for May, 2008 to be followed by the June, 2008 IF mag’s “Fathers, Grandfathers, and Sons”, I knew this family had to be a feature piece.  So I called late last week after my sons, Jax and Brody, and Roz’ son Coleman were tucked in bed, and we chatted.

We talked about “Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters” and here is what Roz had to say:

Take 1

Cat: I wanted to have a dialogue with you about motherhood in this time, the year 2008, what do you think is different today as a mother than your own mother's time?

Roz: I think one of the critical differences is that we are all having a lot of conversations about what motherhood and parenting in general is today. I think there is more than one model and one set of expectations, and that is different than when my mother was a parent.

My mother was a lot younger, married out of college with a child, three children. She worked preschool on and off. Then she went back to school, got her Masters and then went to work full time and had a career. My Dad was at the same university for 35 years. That reality of working at one place long term doesn’t exist today either. Industry is changing and the family is changing as well. You have to be willing to go with the changes and reinvent things.

Take 2

Cat: Do you think there is crisis of family now or a new and improved version?

Roz: It is a house of cards. It works both ways. We are in a time when because of the changes in industry and family, both people have to be willing, and society has to be willing to change, to reinvent. In our family sometimes I am working more than Craig, and sometimes he is working more than me. We face the day together. We make it work.

I don’t like that people expect women to be the one to take care of the kids anymore than I don’t like people thinking a man is less than a man if he makes less and helps with the kids more. All rules are broken and you have to reinvent. But people get stuck in the old definitions and spin their wheels complaining. That’s the crisis, people being stuck. People acting stuck and not accepting the change in industry and family is here whether they wanted it or not.

Cat: I really like the way you are explaining it, you make it sound simpler than people make it. And I agree that it works both ways. I wanted to stay home with the boys, that was my values at work, John would have agreed if I had stayed in my career.

But then I can’t expect him home at 5:30 to help with the kids when we worked side by side for 10 years and I know our industry is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Fri. And when I explained I needed help, he understood. So we cut back on everything for this 10-year period and spend our extra cash on babysitters for me to get relief and work in my industry as much as I can to stay current. My boys have a lot of mommy during the week, a lot more of daddy on the weekends and I got a teaching Masters and launched a magazine. We are making it work each day, each week.

Take 3

Cat: You are in Entertainment and you are a filmmaker, actress, how do you portray women, mothers?

Roz: My job as an artist is to tell my truth in my part of the world. I try to do that whether I am acting, filmmaking or teaching.

Cat: And with that profound response, I will send my readers to look at your work at In particular, “Drawing Angel” is a lovely piece, wonderful, wonderful.

Take 4

Cat: What legacy of motherhood and family will you hand your son Coleman?

Cat: What legacy of motherhood and family will you hand your son Coleman?

Roz: That Coleman sees Mom and Dad as a team. We really try to stick to it.

Kids need both. They need a mother and a father. Good cop, bad cop, whoever plays it. And they do need to know we are in charge, we are the authority in the house. The two of us before you. If we are a team, a unified front, I think Coleman thrives from that.

We are lucky to give Coleman wonderful grandparents on both sides, he has loving family in the Bronx and in Washington, D.C. Everyone helps and grandparent love is special.

The End (that’s all folks….)


Rosalyn Coleman Williams

In addition to being an award winning film director, Rosalyn is an accomplished Broadway, Film and Television actress. Rosalyn is most excited about the release of ALLERGIC TO NUTS AND OTHERS, a compilation of her award winning short films. In 2002, with her husband and partner Craig T. Williams, Rosalyn formed Red Wall Productions, a film Production Company. Rosalyn has created and directed over fifty film projects, including short films, promotional videos, educational videos, actor demo reels and the groundbreaking documentary, BLACK SORORITY PROJECT. Rosalyn will make her feature film directorial debut in FORTY THIRD STREET, slated to begin production 2008.

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