VIBE Vixen: Congrats on the premiere of Blackbird! Did you enjoy watching yourself onscreen?
D. Woods: It was phenomenal. It was just really everything that I wanted it to be. Everybody felt very blessed and gratified in the whole process. I’m my own worst critic and I think I almost was more critical of myself before I starting thinking more of my memory from filming it. But then I was happy to find out, as the film started, I just got lost in watching and enjoying it. That’s when you know you did a good job because you’re not even taking the time out to start nitpicking yourself.
Is this your first big film?
This is my largest role in a big film. I had a very small role in Stomp the Yard and I’ve done a few independent movies, straight to DVD movies and of course I’ve done a lot of acting in theater. Most of my experience in acting has been in theater, so I don’t even get to watch myself on that. I just have to trust what I’m doing.
Tell us about your character.
My character’s name is Leslie and she is a preacher’s kid. She’s definitely a very innocent, pure spirit, hopeless romantic, super lovey dovey with her boyfriend who’s name is Todd. We just all in each others’ face the whole dog ‘gone time and my whole world is like “him.” And she wants to walk on the wild side and push her limits being that she’s supposed to be this holier than thou preacher’s daughter. She wants to break out of her shell.
What is the synopsis of the film for those who don’t know?
Blackbird is based on a novel by Larry Duplechan. It takes place in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and centers around a young boy name Randy Rousseau who is struggling with his sexual identity and religious beliefs and obligations to his family. His mother, who is played by Mo’Nique and his father, who is Isaiah Washington; their family has been under distress and kind of torn from the disappearance of his younger sister. She’s been kidnapped and so when the film starts, it’s six years later after the daughter has been kidnapped and the family’s just left in ruins.
That’s the main meat of the story, but so many people took so many messages. There are messages of black families in general, of course religion and faith and hypocrisy of what it means to be a Christian and interracial relationships. There’s a lot in this movie. People knowing me as a music artist and then people knowing me as a reality TV star–they don’t necessarily take you seriously as a true actress. Acting is another part of me that people haven’t been introduced to yet, but it’s something that I’m so at home with because that’s how I was brought up.