We haven’t really seen Countess Vaughn on the main screen since ‘The Parkers’ ended several years ago. Despite not being in the spotlight as much as she used to be, the actress tells Jet magazine that she hasn’t taken a break.
“I never took a hiatus,” says the star. “People see that I’ve become a mother. I’ve always been working. I’ve kept myself out there. Thank God for reruns— I’ve got a new audience. I’ve never missed a beat.”
Countess has been involved in many social projects that seek to protect children and encourage healthy living. The actress recently partnered with Jackie Elam to advocate for child actors’ safety when on set. “From being on the set, I’d see how parents would leave kids unsupervised,” explains the star. “You need someone closer than the set teacher whom you can trust to look out for your child. When children are mainly on an adult set, they’re exposed to things. Be there for your child, cover your child. The sets are not a daycare. My parents were adamant about supervising me. I thank God that they stayed close.”
Countess has also decided to focus on beauty products that are more healthy after having a bad experience with a wig while acting. “I was on the set doing a reality show and I was wearing a lace-front wig that burned me very badly,” says the actress. “My skin was peeling off and I couldn’t be under set lights or wear makeup. So I decided that I wanted to take my time about what will go into my brand of natural lace-fronts. No one should go through the drama I did. I now have a partnership and hair endorsement with Hair Are Us along with hair care products sponsored by Pure Beauty Essentials for Pure Virgin Hair of Atlanta, GA.”
Although she experienced stardom at a young age and admits that being in the spotlight is sometimes difficult, Countess would encourage her kids to take up a career in show business if they want to be entertainers in coming years. “If it’s something that they want, I’d support it. You hone in on whatever is positive.”
Countess Vaughn has two kids in all.