Get to Know Broadway Star Condola Rashad

She can whip your you-know-what at poker.

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We’re all in on Condola Rashad, who stars as Joan of Arc in this month’s Saint Joan on Broadway and in Netflix’s new dramatic film Come Sunday, streaming now. The soon-to-be star is winning big offstage, too.

AGE: 31.

LIVES IN: New York City.

YOU KNOW HER FROM: Showtime’s Billions and Netflix’s Master of None.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME? I play poker every day. I have a poker app on my phone—I play it on the subway and at night when I’m winding down. But the chips are fake. I’m getting my skill set together and then we’ll get this game started. My goal is to one day be a master poker player.

GUILTY PLEASURE? I’m not a big shoe or bag person—I like sunglasses. I have about 40 pairs; it’s a mix of designer and some I got off the street. People would be afraid to wear my sunglasses—I like pairs that are a little bit crazy. When you have to wear something that’s super plain, just throw on a bright pair of crazy sunglasses, and it changes the whole moment.

FOUND YOUR CHILL? I’ve been practicing Vinyasa yoga since college. It’s beyond exercising or burning calories; that’s secondary to what yoga is actually about. Yoga’s about breathing, no matter how challenging the poses are. It really helps you to stay in this neutral space. I’m kind of just breathing through my life.

LATEST OBSESSION? Joan of Arc. This was a person who was not trying to prove anything. She was a woman and she accomplished her purpose. And to me, that’s so powerful. I think that the next level of strength for women is to claim our humanness and just be.

FOLLOW HER: @dolabunny.

This story appears in the May issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.

Caitlin Brody