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09/26/2014 09:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jasmine Guy On The Big Lesson She Learned After Stardom (VIDEO)

Though most people remember her as Whitley Gilbert, the southern belle on "A Different World," actress Jasmine Guy has had an incredibly versatile career as an artist. A professional dancer and choreographer, Guy got her start performing in New York at Alvin Ailey. She went on to appear in films like Spike Lee's "School Daze," the TV series "Fame," and released her own self-titled R&B album in 1990.

"I kind of looked at life like graduating from high school. Once you did [one thing], you move to the next level -- and that ain't always the case," Guy says in her recent interview for Oprah.com's new web series, "Who Am I."

"My biggest lesson in my life has been learning how to live in between the gigs," she says. “I understand my own fragility, and I don’t take that for granted anymore."

Also in the interview, Guy talks about raising her daughter, Imani, to have her own individuality. "I started to pray, 'God, please just don't let me get in the way of who she is supposed to be,'" Guy says.

Now that Imani is a teenager, things have become all the more complicated. "Actually having another woman mind to talk to and relate to -- and try to get to clean the bathroom -- is a little tricky," she says.

Guy reunites with the cast of "A Different World" on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airing Sunday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Find more "Who Am I" videos on Oprah.com.

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