Naturi Naughton had an unceremonious departure from her platinum-selling pop trio 3LW back in 2002. After months of fighting with her group members, Kiely Williams andAdrienne Bailon, things apparently came to a head after Naughton accused Williams of throwing a hot plate of KFC food at her. 3LW initially replaced Naughton with a singer named Jessica Benson, but after several failed singles, Williams and Bailon starred in Disney’s ‘The Cheetah Girls’ and began touring and performing with the film’s co-stars. Naughton on the other hand landed a role on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Hairspray.’ and now “Notorious”. What a comeback!!! Check out the interview:
You really show a lot of flesh in this film. Was it hard shooting those intense nude scenes?
It was hard and not just because of the physical, but just putting so much into this role that was so different than my actual personality. Lil’ Kim and the things that she’s done is not really who I am, but it was such a great challenge because I wanted to show people that I’m an actress and if I’m gonna be Lil’ Kim, I’m gonna be Lil’ Kim. The relationship that she had with B.I.G. was that raw. It wasn’t sugar coated or watered down and I didn’t want to do a TV fake version. I really wanted to give people the truth.
But you had to deliver this performance without the benefit Lil’ Kim’s input?
I didn’t get a chance to spend any time with her, but my research just basically entailed me reading a lot about her back story, what she went through as a young person and her growing up in Brooklyn. I went to Brooklyn and spent a lot of time there. I hung out and talked to the guys of Junior M.A.F.I.A. a little bit and they all coached me and told me ‘that’s exactly how Kim was.’ We would spend a lot of time and they would teach me things that would be more like Kim or BIG and Kim’s relationship. I listened to her first album; I watched her in videos and worked with Tanisha Scott on the movements for the performance scene. I have to give credit to everybody because I had so much material to work with to be able to pull it off.
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