Tasha Smith spoke with NBC News’ theGrio to talk acting and expanding her scope — fragrances, public speaking, wig line, what have you — but also on working with Whitney Houston’s daughter on Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse in addition to her dream of playing Donna Summer.
You recently got the opportunity to work with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, just months ago, when she made her acting debut on For Better or Worse? Did you give her any advice?
I encouraged Bobbi Kristina just to stay living the life that God has created you to live. You know, because that little girl is precious, and I was so proud of and her never acting, and coming on that set and being able to pull off that role. I enjoyed her there while we were on-set filming, but after seeing it on TV, I was like ‘wow, she came off even better than I felt she did in person.’
What is a dream movie role for you?
I want to play Donna Summer.
In a biopic?
Yes that would be a dream role.
So do you sing?
No I don’t, but neither did Angela Bassett when she played Tina Turner.
She has a good point about Bassett, although I haven’t heard anything about a Donna Summer biopic…unless she’ll be adding producer to her expanding list of titles, too.
Read the interview in full at theGrio.
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