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Carré Otis exclusive interview – What celebrity actress advises Georgian women
26 April, 2018
Popular American erotic film Wild Orchid exposing the beauty of a famous model and actress Carré Otis quickly became popular with Georgian audience soon after its release in 1989. At that time foreign movies were transferred to Georgia through video tapes. The actress captivated the hears of Georgians and became the idol of beauty. For the first time Georgian media had an opportunity to get in touch with the bright star and interview her. Few years ago Carré Otis (Sutton)
spoke up about her strained relationship with her ex-husband and her co-actor in Wild Orchid Mickey Rourke and even published a book where she unfolds the story of her life, including the sexual harassment she experienced.

The domestic and sexual violence against women still remains unresolved problem around the world, including Georgia. According to the Public Defender’s data, over last 2 years 40 women in Georgia were killed, while according to the information spread by UN Women organization, one among every 7 women has experienced domestic violence and one in five women say she has undergone sexual harassment. Subsequently the honest interview of Carré Otis is really timely and those Georgian women who still face such problems don’t have enough courage to liberate themselves and live a happy life. The actress accepted our offer with pleasure and gave us insight into her story, life and career.

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Carré Otis

-Dear Carré you are one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry. As I’m writing form very far, from Tbilisi , Georgia (Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe) I should tell you, that you can’t imagine how popular you are in my country. In 1989 when ‘Wild Orchid’ was released every second person in Tbilisi was talking about your beauty. This will be your first exclusive interview for Georgian Media. Could give us insight into your life?

-Thank you for having me and interviewing me! I am honored. My life today is so blessed. I am healthy. My family healthy and happy. A wonderful marriage to a beautiful human. My life is full and exciting yet simple. I appreciate the small things. The moments. I count my blessings every day and my heart is full of gratitude.

-As I have already mentioned ‘Wild Orchid’ was extremely popular with Georgian audience. Could you share some moments both good and bad sides from the shooting process?

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Carré Otis is a a famous model and actress

-WO was a very hard experience. It might not have looked that way from the outside but it was very challenging. First, I really wasn’t trained as an actress. And I didn’t even have an acting agent. So I wasn’t protected at all. And because we were shooting outside of the country there was no Union to protect me. Just basic protections like a rational ‘turn around’ time. Meaning they worked me around the clock. I felt and was very vulnerable and I was definitely taken advantage of on every level. I was sexually harassed, abused and exploited by the director and producers. It was very hard. And I had no one to call or report abuse to. I was really on my own in a foreign land. I didn’t know how movies worked. I was very naive. The only great part was Brazil. It was and is a beautiful country!
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With ex-husband Mickey Rourke

-Your book – “Beauty Disrupted” isn’t available for Georgian readers, that’s why I’ll ask you to tell us about your book, what’s the book about?

-Oh I wish it was available!!! That’s a shame. It is my life story. My truth. My honestly. Its about the hardship I endured as a child, as a model, as a wife, as an actor and the spiritual path that transformed me. I call out the sexual harassment of an industry. I address the very issues that is now the #MeToo Movement.

-In Georgia according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MoIA), only in 2014 the Emergency and Operative Response Center “112” received 92901 calls related to domestic violence / family conflict, as Population: 3.719 million (2016 year) the number of domestic violence is quite high. A huge number of woman can’t get over their abusive husbands, so local, non-governmental programs are working hardly to support women and tackle these problems. You and Mickey Rourke were married from 1992 to 1998. As it is known, it was very hard to free yourself from this marriage? How did you manage to get over him?
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Andrew Macpherson Photographer
Stylist by Joanna Hadfield
Hair by Robert Steinken
Make up by Alexis Swain


-Domestic violence and sexual assault is finally being addressed. Not only in our homes but in our places of work. It’s a global crisis that needs attention and solutions.

Women need support. From women and men. It was hard to get out of my past marriage. But I knew that I absolutely had to if I were to survive and grow and thrive. The first step was realizing I needed support. I couldn’t do it alone. I truly had PTSD and needed to address my fears. I needed to find strength. And through therapy and friendships I was able to. From there it was baby steps. And dealing with the logistics and plan of my ‘escape’. I had to be very careful and strategic. And I worked hard in therapy so that I could keep moving forward and grow. Its imperative women get support. Reaching out can be hard but not reaching out is far worse and dangerous.

-During many years Georgian women kept silence about sexual abuse. Maybe is sounds like unbelievable, but just a few month ago women started unfolding their stories about sexual harassment. Your story will serve as an example and give stimulus to Georgian women and not only who experienced violence. What would you advise them?

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Carré Otis and Mickey Rourke

-I am so glad they are speaking out! I support you!! I thank you!!! By stepping forward and voicing what we have all normalized and hid for so long you are supporting other women in your own country as well as all over the world. There are sisters out there that have no voice. They might be killed if they speak out, We cannot be silent. We are here to live and prosper and by joyous. We are not here to merely suffer. Every human has been birthed through a woman. Without us there would be no life on this planet. Its about time we are revered, honored, and protected.

-You are a very strong person. You managed to get over the problems you had through your life. How did you handle the difficulties and manage to preserve your beauty? Could you share your beauty secrets?
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-Thank you! My spiritual path has greatly informed me and the choices I make. I am turning 50 in September and have never felt better or loved myself more. It is what I am modeling for my daughters. There are true gifts with age. Of course I take care of myself too. I am in nature, I drink a lot of water, I am a vegetarian and eat loads of vegetables. But I feel my grace comes because I am connected to my heart. And I treat others and relate to others from this place.

-Could you tell us about your current occupation and future plans?

I am working on www.thebluelotusfoundation.org Its my way to give back and use education in the prevention of eating disorders. I continue to speak publicly. I write for Huffington Post. I will write another book. I travel and work with indigenous cultures and learn their modalities of healing. I am a full time mama! Thank you Nina! Much love and gratitude.

Author: Nino Tsipuria

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