Loni Love On Not Using A Stunt Double In “Mall Cop 2”: “I’ve Learned To Be Fearless”
This past weekend, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 was released and earned $24 million while being the only PG rated film in theaters. Deadline reports it received a grade of A- from CinemaScore for audiences under the age of 18 and that resonates perfectly for our favorite girl, Loni Love, from The Real. In our interview about Mall Cop 2, the talk show host and comedian revealed she longs to create an action comedy film of her own that involves children. Love also shared that she didn’t use a stunt double for the fighting scenes in Mall Cop 2, saying by remaining fearless throughout the process her comfort zone was tested, but the experience helped her become a better actress. Read how she prepared for this role below.
MadameNoire: What can you tell us about your character, Donna Ericone?
Loni Love: “Donna is feisty and a mall cop with a heart that can actually fight. She’s the only female mall cop and interestingly enough the only one on the security team that can fight. She works at Mall Of America and while working there she meets the character Paul Blart who is attending at a security convention in Las Vegas.”
MN: How is she different from you?
Loni Love: “Donna is tougher than me and can definitely (physically) move men around, you’ll see that in the film. I am not as physical as she is but she is very fearless which I think is an extension of myself.”
MN:What were some challenges you faced while filming Mall Cop 2?
Loni Love: “There were many challenges filming in Las Vegas and we had to film a lot of scenes at night. Our schedule was usually 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. ( which is in the height of evening and morning rush hour). Besides the hours, I had two fight scenes and because I’m a comedian, producers and the director Andy Fickman wanted to keep the comedy element in the fighting scenes. So I had to do my fight scenes without a stunt person. I had a stunt coordinator teach me how to move and act during those scenes. It was a really good experience for me.”
MN: Since you didn’t have a stunt double, how did you prepare for your role?
Loni Love: “I had a to practice a lot. I often visualized how I wanted Donna to be perceived during those scenes. I saw her as strong and not weak. To really play into the character, I kept Donna’s hair down so during the fight scenes her hair added to the drama of the fight. I think those scenes showcased me and black women differently in comparison to the usual roles we are usually seen in on television and film. I’m interested to see how viewers respond to it.”
MN:What lessons have you learned from The Real in order to help you film Mall Cop 2?
Loni Love: “I’ve learned to be fearless and a lot of times when you are fearless, you perform better at your craft. We actually filmed Mall Cop 2 prior to the first season of The Real. The test run of The Real was only four weeks in Summer 2013 and afterward I booked Mall Cop 2 and filmed it before our first season. However, during the test run I did learn from my co-hosts to become more fearless and that helped with my acting, tremendously.”
MN:If you were the lead in an action movie, what would it be about?
Loni Love: “I would love to do an action movie where me and some other actresses help protect women or children with a comedic twist. You don’t see a lot of action comedy films that are also family oriented and I think that is important. I also like playing roles where I can funny but still participate in thrilling action scenes.”
Check out the trailer for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 below and be sure to see Loni’s action packed scenes in a theater near you!