Vixen Exclusive: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe Talks ‘Hit the Floor’ and Lessons Learned from Hollywood

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LESSONS I LEARNED FROM… Success.

Success is work hard and give 100% every single day because it will leave as quickly as it came.

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM… Hollywood.

Hollywood? [Laughs] Keep some of your personal life to yourself otherwise you won’t have one.

LESSONS I LEARNED FROM… a co-star or fellow seasoned actress.

Gosh, I’ve learned so many lessons from my co-stars that it’s unbelievable. I learned a lesson without even realizing I learned it just by looking at someone’s actions—and this person shall remain nameless—but I learned not to complain. I have so much to be grateful for so there is no reason to complain.

Are there any actresses in particular, legends specifically, from the past or present that you look up to?

There’s so many oh my god. There’s so many talented and amazing people in my business that it blows my mind. I guess recently I got the chance to meet Jackie Chan and that is someone that I look up to. I can’t even begin to tell you how much! That man lives and breathes giving back. He built 26 schools in China for children and for every dollar that is donated to him for charity he doubles it. His whole life is living, breathing and making the world a better place for kids. He said that he has been helped so much in his life that he just wants to give back and it moved me to tears when I heard his life story. He is a phenomenal man; he is so generous, so kind, and so loving to every single person that he meets. So I am really looking up to him the most right now.

Any last thoughts?

I just feel so grateful and happy to be a part of all this and I’m looking forward to feedback for the rest of the year. I look forward to episodes every Monday night with the cast, seeing live tweets and I love to get the instant feedback from everybody. It’s a whole new thing for me. I have never been a big part of social media and now I have been involved with it with the cast every Monday and it’s been so cool to hear what everyone has to say right there on the spot.

Awesome. It was great speaking with you, Jodi, and I will be looking forward to watching the rest of the season.