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.