'NCIS' star explores Ja
Television and screen actress CCH Pounder is Jamaica's newest celebrity friend. The Guyanese-born star of the popular television drama series 'NCIS: New Orleans' and the big screen's 'Avatar', among other top-rated productions, arrived in Jamaica for a break from a busy work schedule.
Director of Tourism Donovan White, who hosted the affable star to a five-course gourmet Jamaican dinner on the patio of the Half Moon Sugar Mill Restaurant last Thursday night, was joined by a number of noted personalities in the tourist industry. Pounder tried jerked ackee and found it "interesting".
White recognises what it meant for Pounder to be on the island.
"To have somebody like her on our shores enjoying the offerings of our tourism product is fantastic, and it sends a message to the rest of the world that Jamaica has an aspirational appeal and we are ready to welcome all to our shores," he said.
Her leisure schedule included seeing the sights in western Jamaica, including the Museum West inside the Montego Bay Cultural Centre and sites in Kingston. White hopes Pounder not only had a good time, but will begin to choose Jamaica as her preferred place for rest and recuperation, promising "we will definitely find reason to keep you here".
Pounder is already giving thought to a suggestion that she takes on a local charity.
Her outstanding acting career began in 1979 when she relocated from England where she was taken as child from Guyana, making her debut in the film All that Jazz, where she played a nurse. Among many other roles, Pounder was seen in L.A. Law, and Robo Cop 3, She also provided the voice of the Magic Oracle in Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
The four-time Emmy-nominated actress will be seen again in four of the five Avatar movies in the works over the next decade. Two have already been filmed. This is Pounder's second visit to Jamaica, the first being two years ago.