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‘The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam Reflects on Ditching Hollywood For Farm Life

‘The Cosby Show’s Keshia Knight Pulliam Reflects on Ditching Hollywood For Farm Life

Although she has been in the entertainment industry for decades, The Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam admits that living in Hollywood isn’t the lifestyle she needs.

During a recent interview with People, the actress opened up about why she ditched Hollywood for farm life in Atlanta. “I have been in the business my entire life, spanning over 40 years,” Knight Pulliam explained. “But I’ve also had my own private life away from it, and I appreciate that.”

Keshia Knight Pulliam also recalled how she met her husband, Brad James, while acting as siblings in the Lifetime film, Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta. “We were actually playing brother and sister,” she declared. “Our paths had crossed many times before, but this was the first time we saw each other.”

Knight Pulliam said that James even met her family at Thanksgiving while they were still friends. ”He came to my brother’s house with all my people and met everybody,” she shared. “And we were literally just cast mates at the time. Five or so years later and he’s my husband and we’ve made a whole other human being.” 

The couple shares their son, Knight, who was born earlier this year. Keshia Knight Pulliam also is the mother of Ella Grace with her ex-husband, Ed Hartwell. Knight Pulliam had nothing but praise for Ella adjusting to being a big sister. “Ella is the best big sister ever,” she said. “So much so that sometimes I have to remind her that I am both of their mama and that she’s not the mama! But they love each other so much, it’s just a joy. The way his face lights up when he sees her, it’s amazing.”

Keshia Knight Pulliam Talks Spending More Time at Home Amid SAG-AFTRA Strike 

While the SAG-AFTRA strike in Hollywood remains ongoing, Keshia Knight Pulliam said she’s taking the time off to focus on being with her children. The actress admitted she never imagined the industry would shut down just as she was coming back from maternity leave. 

Although her projects in the studios are on pause, Knight Pulliam revealed she has been working on her non-scripted projects. “Luckily those things were outside of the scope of the strike,” she explained. “But it’s definitely been nice to have more family time.”

Keshia Knight Pulliam also stated that she and her husband hope the strike will end with a “fair deal” soon. She noted both of them are impacted by the strike, but are making the most of the situation. “We live on a farm so my husband built me a greenhouse and we’re in the process of planting, taking care of chickens and goats and really just enjoying time as a family.”