Queen Latifah opens up about music, movies and love.


up: When did it click for you—the acting bug?
Q.L.: The movie Set It Off, for sure. I had met the director, F. Gary Gray, on the set of a music video. And I told him I wanted to play against type. All the roles I’d been offered had been Queen Latifah-roles. Or roles like Khadijah on Living Single. I wanted to play a villain, a lesbian, anything different from Latifah and Khadijah. When Set It Off came across Gary’s desk, he brought me in to audition. I got a prop gun from the Living Single set and I came there owning that Cleo role.


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