‘We Made A Pact That We Weren’t Going To Date:’ Garcelle Beauvais On Her Relationship With Jamie Foxx
When it comes to 90s sitcom couples, I would definitely have to put Jamie and Fancy from The Jamie Foxx Show in my top ten. It was just something about watching Jamie acting the fool, chasing Fancy around the King’s Tower Hotel and then seeing her finally slow down long enough to allow him to catch her that was simply priceless. Their on-camera chemistry was amazing and left many wondering if their romantic connection transformed into an off-camera relationship. During an interview with Huff Post Live, the 46-year-old beauty revealed that although they considered taking their friendship to the next level, they decided against it.
“It’s funny, when we worked together, we made a pact that we weren’t gonna date [each other] because it would be awkward,” Garcelle confessed. “If it didn’t work out and we still had to work together, that wouldn’t be…”
She went on to say that the timing for them was never right, and that by the time the show ended, she was already engaged to her ex-husband.
“I got engaged two weeks before the show wrapped! And he as like, ‘You couldn’t wait?!’ [laughs]. But now we’re like brother and sister. We have a great relationship and I wouldn’t want to mess that up,” the mom of three expressed.
“We’re still very close. I was at his house for Christmas. Yeah, we’re very close, so it’s nice.”
Although Garcelle made it pretty clear that she and Jamie will probably never be a romantic item, we will be able to see them reunited when action-thriller White House Down hits theaters June 28th. In the film, the Haitian bombshell will be playing Jamie’s wife and the First Lady of the United States. She admits that being on a movie set with Jamie again felt like old times.
“It felt like time stood still. I mean, we were on-set cracking up. He was telling jokes of course. I had an out-of-body experience because it was like, ‘Wow, here we are how many years later? We’re back together and it’s so much fun.’ Every one was like, ‘First Lady and the President? Too many skeletons in the closet!'”
Switching gears a bit, the actress also spoke very candidly about co-parenting and the decision she and her ex-husband, Mike Nilon, made to remain active in one another’s lives for the sake of their children.
“[Co-parenting] is not easy. It may seem easy, but it’s not easy. I think for me and for Mike, we put the kids first. And if you do that, that’s all that matters. I think they shouldn’t be a part of adult drama. I think we need to respect what makes us a family. We celebrate each other’s birthdays to teach them how to treat a parent. We sometimes do family things together because it is what it is.”
Turn the page for footage from Garcelle’s interview.