14 Comments Friday, January 30th, 2009
“I’m from Harlem so I like the rough guys who are still smart and knows how to take care of their woman.”
We hear you were a dancer before turning to acting. Our guess is you saw J-Lo in Jersey Girl and said if directors are letting that fly…
I didn’t know right away. I started as a dancer and I transitioned into acting ’cause I just thought it was the natural progression. I think when I did [Madea’s Family Reunion] is when I knew I wanted to do it.
Exactly what kind of dance background do you have?
Jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, concert dancing… I’m a well-rounded dancer.
So you were never a Los Angeles hot girl shakin’ it like a saltshaker at the dirty disco.
You mean like stripping [laughs]?
Slow down, French Vanilla! Some of my best friends are strippers.
French Vanilla [laughs]? That’s a good name—I’ll remember that when I do my next movie. I might be some type of exotic dancer.
So you wouldn’t mind slow winding on the big screen?
I wouldn’t mind doing that as long as the storyline was important and she was getting out of it. I don’t wanna do any nudity or anything like that though.
Don’t forgot Halle made bank for Swordfish for releasing the guppies. But I digress. Men enjoy strip clubs for obvious reasons, but I’ve yet to understand the female angle. What do y’all get out of it?
There’s a difference between going to a male strip club and a female strip club. It’s obvious why women would go to see men. We wanna go see sexy men dance and just have fun. Then there are women who like to go see the women strip. Some women think it’s sexy to see other women. But I don’t know what this has to do with my interview [laughs].
Patience. There’s a method to this madness. So is Cameo’s “Single Life” your theme song?
Well, I’ve never been engaged. I was pre-engaged once.
Pre-engaged? That’s ridiculous. The only Pre we cosign around these parts is Pre-nup.
Well, I was in college and my boyfriend at the time kind of proposed but he said it in a way where it was like you don’t have to answer right now but I wanted to let you know how I felt and he gave me a ring.
Ok. Here is where you define that pre-engaged term for me, right?
I took time to think about it so that turned into a pre-engagement [laughs].
Sounds like Russian Roulette without the gun.
There’s a risk because we’re pre-engaged but you still pay for the ring. That’s the chance you have to take.
Sound’s like you’re running Press-Your-Luck level game, miss. You’ve got dudes praying they don’t get a whammy (laughs). That’s the type of swagger that’ll snag you Hollywood’s next “it” girl title.
I don’t wanna be the “it” girl for the moment and then someone else comes along and I can’t get any work.
Maybe you need an “it” guy to keep your buzz. What kind of man gets you humming?
I love a guy with an edge. I’m from Harlem so I like the rough guys who are still smart and knows how to take care of their woman. I like a guy who can take control. I don’t want some guy that can be easily pushed around. I like a guy with a backbone.
And more importantly, an understanding of pre-engagement.
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