Naturi Naughton

Categories // Entertainment Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Naturi Naughton

Best known for playing Lil' Kim in the movie "Notorious" and for her hit single "Fame", Naturi Naughton was part of the girl group 3LW as a teenager. Now you can watch the 28-year-old for- mer Broadway star in Lifetime's "The Client List" opposite Loretta Devine and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Q: When did you first know you wanted to be an entertainer?
A: I started singing in church in my hometown, East Orange, New Jersey. I knew when I was about five or six that I wanted to be a performer. Singing is my passion and something that I still love to do and I'm always going to want to do it. That's how I got into this business, so I will never let it go.

Q: How do you use your fame to help younger girls?
A: I was a little girl who needed to be encouraged and needed someone to look up to. So I got involved with the "HerShe Group" which helps prepare young women in foster care for the world by giving them life skills, building up their self- esteem, and teaching them good decision making habits.

Q: You recurrently play characters with vulnerabilities, how do you prepare?
A: I love vulnerability within myself, I search for it within me and try to bring it out of my charac- ters. The way I prepare is to find whatever it is about the character I can relate to and connect to that. I relate to Kendra because she's still discov- ering herself. I think she represents a stage in life that so many young women go through. Where do I want to be? Do I want to get married? Who am I?

Q: What are your thoughts on black actress- es in Hollywood, and their struggles to find quality acting roles?
A: There just aren't enough roles, especially for black women so everybody is fighting for that one part. And then you may feel like you're not afford- ed an opportunity because you're not a specific look. It presents its own challenges being a choco- late girl. I also feel we are doing some great, pow- erful things and I think it's on the up and there will be more for the next generation after me.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: I want to do more Broadway. I'd love to be a lead in a Broadway show. So all these different forms of entertainment, I see myself getting more established in all of them. I really want to estab- lish Naturi Naughton on so many different levels. And hopefully in the next five years, or even ten years, I can look back and say, "I'm getting there." One day at a time, but of course, looking ahead and dreaming big.

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