By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery
Three years after featuring in a 2003 blockbuster Haitian movie The Wind of Desire, Genji Jacques stood in line at Miami Vice’s set, a film Jamie Foxx starred in. Jacques heard giggling. He turned around and rested his eyes on Sandra Justice, another actor. Jacques flashed a smile for her.
He turned and smiled at Justice again, and again. She started to wonder why that stranger kept looking at her. Justice’s friend, who was standing by her, told her that was the actor who played “in the Haitian movie all the girls are crazy about.”
Justice later bought The Wind of Desire and watched it.
“I thought he was very attractive, a great actor, and have a wonderful spirit,” she said of Jacques, whom they call the “Haitian Denzel.”
Eleven years later, Justice found herself on set with Jacques acting as his wife in Bae Night, an award-winning web series in Florida. She wasn’t just acting as Jacques’s wife, she was his wife as they got married on Apr. 25, 2010. They also acted in Covid-19: The Survivors as a couple and will feature as a couple again in a much anticipated Haitian-American short film, The Sweetest Girl: A Forbidden Love Story.
Jacques and Justice’s relationship is quite singular. Not often do people in the Haitian entertainment industry remain married for over 10 years – or do they even put their relationships in the light.
“It’s rare to see celebrity couples in the Haitian Entertainment Industry (H.E.I.),” HMI Buzz’s host Oz’mosis Amadeus said. “Haitian celebrities like to keep things in the background or leave them as mysteries.
“Seeing a long-lasting relationship, in general, is a testament that love truly exists. I think they respect and love each other. I could see they respect each other as artists as well. And they’re each other’s fan.”
Before their long marriage stands a rather unique and extended love story.
Even though Jacques consistently looked back and smiled at Justice during Miami Vice’s set, he wasn’t on the hunt yet. For two years, they only contacted each other here and there to say hello, and ask how their acting careers were going.
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