One of our first encounters with you was on ďGossip Girls.Ē How different was the experience of Sparkle with its all-black cast?
First off, I just want to say that I am very thankful for the opportunity that I received with ďGossip Girls.Ē To me though, acting is just acting. I honestly donít like saying a black film, because on the flip side, we donít call then white films. At the end of the day, when they say action, we all have to do the same job.
After being in the industry for a few years now, what is the one thing that you know about yourself that you didnít know before?
Well, I know that Iím enough, and that I have something to offer the world. I guess now that Iíve grown up and gotten a little older, I know what I want, and I know what I want in a mate and Iím able to say it. Iím not one to beat around the bush anymore. There was a time when I was so concerned about hurting peopleís feelings, but itís not that way anymore. While I still care about peopleís feelings, I understand the importance of being able to express exactly what I want, and exactly how Iím feeling.
On Her Dating Life:
(smiles) Iím currently single.[...]My perfect date is just a guy that takes control and plans everything. I have to plan so much in my own life, so I wouldnít want the responsibility of planning something fun. So Iím down for mostly anything, but a nice dinner or bowling would be great. I just like something fun that I donít have to plan.
How did you channel your character Delores in the movie Sparkle?
Iím grateful to [screenwriter] Mara Brock Akil, because she expanded the role of Delores. I definitely think there is some of me in the character Ö she is a protector and a strong person, which mirrors my own personality a lot. The great thing about the role, is that I was able to really take chances and expand upon who Delores was in the original.
Describe the experience on set, and the chemistry that you had with your castmates.
It was an amazing experience. It really felt like we were a family working toward a common goal. Every part of that experience is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.
After seeing these pictures, and reading your spread, what do you hope that our readers walk away with?
I just hope that they are able to get the essence of who I am as a woman. Iíve worked really hard to be where Iím at today, and I still have a long way to go. But from this experience, I hope they see a person who works hard, but still appreciates the little things in life. I really enjoyed this experience, and I hope that comes across in this piece. Iím excited.