What tips can you offer someone looking to make the jump from reality TV to film?
I never considered myself a reality star. I’m just an artist who happened to be on a reality show. But it’s about having to be true to who you are and what you want to say to the world. And don’t allow other peoples’ labels and stigmas to dictate your own actions. It does take a lot of self-searching and knowledge and patience because you can’t jump at every opportunity that’s thrown in front of you. And that was something that I respected so much about Mo’Nique because after having an Oscar award winning performance, you would think that she would’ve had scripts thrown at her, but she took her time and chose the right project that she felt was going to take her in the direction for her career and what she wanted to stand for.
What was it like being on set with her?
It was really educational. The first time I met Mo’Nique was on her late night talk show. This was the beginning of my label. She said to me, “You know what? Everybody’s not meant to be in a group” and I was like “Oh.” I have this person who is definitely very well accomplished and has seen this industry in and out giving me that type of insight. So when we reunited on Blackbird, she was like, “I’m really glad to see you here. I’m so glad that you’re here.” She says blatant statements, but I know it has like double and triple meanings. Everything else was me watching her practice and just soaking it in, like the fun of just watching her practice. Her character was very intense, so there was a lot of times where it wasn’t appropriate to just chit chat because she was preparing. But she gave us all great encouragement.
You talked about your character getting caught up in her relationship. What advice would you offer her?
Well, I don’t know if I could give her advice because I am so single (laughs). But if I had to give her advice, I would tell her it is not the end of the world–life does go on.