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Exclusive: Tasha Smith Talks Finding Happiness After Filing For Divorce, Her Work On “Empire,” “Power” And Comparisons Of Both
I had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Tasha Smith this afternoon about her work in the movie, Addicted, which comes out on DVD on February 10. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely an entertaining and provocative film, much like the equally entertaining and provocative book of the same name that it was adapted from. We talked about how she prepared for the film, if she read the book beforehand, and why she enjoyed playing the character of Zoe Reynard’s therapist, Dr. Marcella Spencer. But Smith also dished on her work on the show “Empire” as Cookie’s sister, Carol, her upcoming appearances on the Starz hit show “Power,” and what she thinks about people comparing the two shows.
But the best moment from our chat came when Smith spoke about how she’s faring after her very public split from husband, Keith Douglas. Despite how everything ended with the restraining orders and spousal support drama, Smith made it clear that “Honey, I’m happy.” Check out what she had to say.
Whether Or Not She Read Addicted Before Doing The Film
I wasn’t a person that was reading Zane books all the time, because they were a little hot. You know what I’m saying? They were a little hot, honey. Big time. But I was very familiar with her books and I totally respect her and love her as an author, but honey, it just worked me up too much.
On Her Most Laid Back, Drama-Free Role Ever, As Dr. Marcella Spencer
That’s why I love Zane. I love her writing as an author, because I may not have just engulfed myself in her work because I went through my time to be celibate, you follow what I’m saying? And honey, when you’re reading Zane, all you want to do is go and have sex, okay? But what I appreciate about her as an author is that she always has a lot of well-balanced characters. You may have some characters that are going through sexual experiences and truths, but she always finds a way to bring in that other voice of humanity into the scene. And for me to have the opportunity to play Dr. Spencer was wonderful because it was a different tone. It’s almost like being a musician who has always played the saxophone, but then you get a chance to play the trumpet.
How She Ended Up On “Empire”
Well, I got a chance to meet with Lee Daniels when the show first started and I ended up getting an opportunity to be a part of it. I mean, I went in, I auditioned, and everybody was going in for “Empire.” Everybody was trying to get involved at some point. Developing a good relationship both creatively and personally with Lee, I ended up getting an opportunity to be a part of it. I gotta tell you, I’m so happy. It’s like my addiction. It is that good. I’m in love with all the characters, the show, the writing, the music, the everything. It’s just everything. I play Cookie’s sister, Carol. The one who knows where the bodies are buried and the one that might even bury some bodies.
What It’s Like Playing Alongside Taraji P. Henson As Cookie’s Sister
She’s so much fun. Such a free spirit and creative, and just, I mean, she’s just dynamic and wonderful.
Her Thoughts On People Comparing “Empire” To “Power,” Since She Worked On Both Shows
I just think that, first of all, I’m doing three episodes of “Power” and I think that “Power” is an absolutely amazing show. That show is so good, and mind you, when I first got the offer to be on it, I hadn’t even seen all the episodes of “Power.” Finally, I sat in the house one day and I watched one episode, then two episodes, then three episodes and that cancelled the rest of my day. I was like, “I’m not going nowhere, I need to see what’s up with Ghost and Tommy and Angela and Tasha!” I’m as addicted to “Power” as I am “Empire.” I’m just grateful. We get a chance to have two phenomenal shows that we can enjoy. So when “Empire” is over, “Power” starts. When “Power” is over, “Empire” starts.
How She’s Faring Since Filing For Divorce
How do I sound? Honey, I’m happy. I am happy and you know all things work together for the good. Everything is divine and I’m so grateful that I discovered the things that I discovered so that I could have my life back. I’m very grateful and I’m very happy. And I think that Jay Z’s song is appropriate: “If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems…”[laughs]
What Is Helping Her Get Through This Tough Time
Truth. The truth. Honey, there’s a scripture that says, “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Truth has a way, babyyyy, of helping you get over a lot of stuff, okay? Truth makes it all easy.
While FOX continues to celebrate the success of “Empire,” 50 Cent is apparently still concerned that the series will somehow steal the thunder of “Power,” the exciting STARZ series which the rapper is the executive producer for. So, in an apparent attempt to ensure that we don’t forget about Ghost and the gang while we’re indulging in Luscious Lyon’s family drama, the cable network has released a rather telling trailer about the upcoming season of “Power.” You know, the season that won’t premiere until this summer.
As amazing as this trailer looks and as much as I love “Power,” I can’t help but acknowledge how worried 50 Cent seems to be about “Empire,” as if one show takes something away from the other. On another note, the season looks like it’s going to be awesome and so much is going to hit the fan, from Ghost’s affair with Angela to Angela’s identity as a federal prosecutor finally being blown. Check out the full season two synopsis below.
“Season two will pick up where it left off: James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick doubling down on his drug business to save his nightclub and dream of a legitimate future. Ghost’s work troubles pale in comparison to juggling his relationship with his wife, Tasha, and his first love Angela, who’s also an Assistant US Attorney investigating his drug organization.
Ghost is set further back from his dream by his business partner, Tommy, who loves the drug game, and his former mentor, Kanan, fresh out of jail, and looking for revenge. Season two has Ghost in a race against himself: Can he get out of the drug game alive before Angela discovers who he is?
‘Power’ returns this summer with a 10-episode second season.”
Peep the trailer below.
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50 Cent Responds To Taraji P. Henson’s Clapback Over His Claims That “Empire” Is A Carbon Copy Of “Power”
We told you yesterday that when asked her thoughts on 50 Cent claiming that “Empire” basically swiped its marketing strategy and style from “Power,” Taraji P. Henson responded by saying that she wasn’t paying attention to his opinion:
And 50 Cent being 50 Cent, I think we all knew that he would eventually respond to her statements. He did just that last night. But luckily he tried to make his response more comical than biting, and said that even though he wanted to date that “fine muthaf**ka,” he is going to have to rethink such desires now that she has put him in his place.
Well, hopefully all this back and forth between these two has encouraged you to actually check out “Empire” when it premieres tonight on FOX (at 8/9c) and give it a chance. At least once.
The show is definitely a big deal for FOX, as the network’s bosses and both Henson and Terrence Howard are covering The Hollywood Reporter’s new issue to promote the show:
What does it take to get a struggling broadcast network to launch "big, broad commercial hits"? Presenting the new Fox TV chairmen and #Empire stars @tarajiphenson and #TerrenceHoward for our latest cover, photographed by @millermobley. Head to the link in our bio for the scoop on the game-changing TV developments.
Clearly there is a lot at stake. But I’ll tune into it for what I’m sure will be some pretty awesome performances. Do you think you will tune in? What do you think about 50’s response to Taraji? Talk about it below…
Taraji P. Henson Responds To 50 Cent Saying “Empire” Is A Copycat Of “Power”: “I Pay Attention To $’s Not Cents”
Lee Daniels’ new series, “Empire,” premieres on FOX tomorrow night (9/8c) after pushing a pretty expensive, thorough and successful marketing campaign. Said marketing campaign has attracted some critics though, including rapper and “Power” executive producer, 50 Cent, who said that “Empire” stole their promotional ideas from his show:
“POWER Season 2 is unbelievably good trust me. I have the best writers and show runner. I like Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. I don’t like that they would copy the marketing.”
The rapper would also go on to share a side-by-side image of both shows’ main characters, James “Ghost” St. Patrick and Lucius Lyon, asking social media followers to choose which one they prefer.
As the show prepares to air tomorrow and the stars do their media rounds, a fan asked Henson what she thought about 50’s criticism, and clearly, Henson isn’t worried about anything he has to say:
While I haven’t had the chance to see “Empire” as of yet, based on what my coworkers who went to screenings said, it’s more about a successful family, how they’re constructed and interact, and each individual’s struggle for power. Now, “Power” is more focused on “Ghost,” his work in the drug trade (and hopes to go legitimate), and his relationship with his mistress, vs. his relationship with his wife. Similar strong protagonists, similar money-hungry wives–but that’s about it. I for one enjoy “Power” for the most part, but I’m also interested in seeing what “Empire” has to offer. There’s room for both shows to have success, 50…
With just days until the series premiere of Lee Daniels’ new series, “Empire” (which is really entertaining by the way), it appears that the executive produce of another series has a complaint or two regarding the show.
50 Cent recently took to Instagram to express his disapproval of the marketing strategy implemented to promote the series, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, because he felt that it was copied from the playbook used to market his Starz series, “Power”.
He initiated the conversation by sharing a side-by-side image comparing the protagonists from both series, Lucius Lyon of “Empire” and James “Ghost” St. Patrick of “Power.”
“Empire VS. Power LADIES what’s up you be the judge. LMAO #SMSAUDIO #FRIGO #POWERTV,” he wrote.
He then followed up with a brief clip promoting the upcoming season of “Power.” The rapper was sure to make it clear that he has no issues with Taraji or Terrence, but argued that he feels FOX executives mimicked the marketing strategy for his Starz series.
“POWER Season 2 is unbelievably good trust me,” he wrote. “I have the best writers and show runner. I like Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson. I don’t like that They would copy the Marketing.#SMSAUDIO #FRIGO #POWERTV.”
“Empire” is set to debut on FOX Wednesday, January 7. Representatives for the series did not immediately return our request for comment concerning this matter.
Do you think 50 has a point or is he reaching?
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Back in June, we told you that Starz decided to renew 50 Cent’s new gritty drama, “Power,” after just one episode. We’re happy to report that the show’s leading cast members Naturi Naughton and Omari Hardwick have already returned to the set and have begun filming for season two! Naturi took to Twitter early yesterday to announce the good news.
— Naturi Naughton (@naturinaughton) September 16, 2014
— Power (@Power_Starz) September 17, 2014
We’re glad to see that the leading couple is back on the job, especially with the way that season one ended. We’re also happy to see that those satirical reports about the show being canceled have been proven false. Last month, Cream BMP stated that the cable channel pulled the plug on the show after executive producer 50 Cent decided that he’d rather go on a G-Unit reunion tour instead. The article quickly went viral, resulting in thousands of likes and shares on Facebook.’
Who’s ready for season two?!
If ever a day came that the 1978 remake of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz,” were to be remade itself, the first actress in line for the lead role would be Naturi Naughton. We caught up with the star of the new Starz series “Power” down in New Orleans for Essence Festival and asked her about her new role (and what it’s like to play the wife of the very fine Omari Hardwick) but we also asked about her dreams of playing Patti LaBelle on screen one day. That’s when Naturi let us know Auntie Patti isn’t the only star role she’s got her eye on. She also wouldn’t mind taking Diana Ross’s slot as the new Dorothy Gale if that musical were to ever be remade. Think she can pull it off?
Check out Naturi’s full interview in the video above.
Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton are two very attractive people and they deliver some very convincing love scenes on Starz’s new gritty crime drama, “Power.” But Omari admits that some real challenges came along with bringing Ghost and Tasha’s passionate relationship to life on the small screen. These challenges were primarily due to the fact that Omari and Naturi have maintained a big brother “baby sister” relationship for years.
“She was the only actor that I knew in the show. I didn’t know anybody else,” he recently explained to Rolling Out. “Obviously, I knew of other people’s work and was a fan of certain people that we worked with, [but] Naturi was like a baby sister.”
Ironically, although Naturi and Omari are playing husband and wife in the series, the “Being Mary Jane” actor says that there is an interesting father figure element that appears in the relationship between their two characters.
“The irony of [our] on-screen chemistry was that we had to put that relationship to the side. [Though] there is this sort of big brother or father figure [element] within our characters’ relationship because we had to cast a girl that’s younger in Naturi. [The part] was originally for an older actress. But once we went with Naturi, Courtney flipped the script and did a great job of creating the character to circulate around Naturi’s age and experiences in life. So it’s qualified to say that we had to put the brother-sister relationship down, because I think it’s still in Ghost and Tasha; the big brothering or father figure that certain romantic relationships, even, can attest to.”
Another challenge faced by Omari was learning to put his ego aside and allowing his “baby sister” to take the lead at times.
“It was challenging at times because of how much we loved each other prior,” he continued. “She’s a strong personality; whenever you’re dealing with a bright female who’s talented, you’re also dealing with an opinionated female who’s talented. So for me, as the number one on the call sheet, it required a lot of moments of letting her be the queen; and imparting my moments where I needed to be the king and sort of teach her a thing or two about this craft that I probably have more years at. So it was great, it was all good; even the moments of frustration — beauty came out of it. I don’t think you really have chemistry in the way that you want between two actors unless frustration is there as well. So, we had frustration, we had magic, we had days of exhaustion — both of us. But she is a great partner.”
Check out more photos from Omari’s Rolling Out spread on the next page.
Apparently 50 Cent’s new STARZ series, “Power,” was a major hit. After just one episode, the cable network has announced that the series will be renewed for a second season, Deadline reports.
The fast-moving drama debuted last weekend “with 462,000 Live+same day at 9 PM, 1.27 million for the three Saturday night airings and 2.022 million for the nine weekend runs on Saturday and Sunday.” In case you’ve been out of the loop for a bit, the 50 Cent-produced series is “set in two different worlds, the glamorous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade” and follows the story of Ghost St. Patrick, a drug dealer and businessman with dreams of going legit. Stars include “Being Mary Jane” actor Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren.
“Tasha St. Patrick, she’s crazy,” Naturi recently described her character to Shadow and Act. “She really is Ghost’s sidekick, the other half of Bonnie and Clyde. She came up from the streets, grew up in Queens, and had a rough life. She had desires to be a singer but those desires got cut short because she was pregnant at 19 with Ghost’s child. He’s trying to choose between going legit and staying in the drug game, and she’s pretty much the woman who’s like look, we’ve built this empire together, I’ll ride with you to the end. She’ll throw the gun away, she’ll tell you how to dump the body. She’s an edgy character and not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep the family together.”
Production for season two begins in September. I had the opportunity to check out “Power” over the weekend and thought it was pretty good.
Did you see the premiere on Saturday? What did you think?
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Who else watched Being Mary Jane this season and couldn’t get enough of Omari Hardwick’s delicious self? Turns out that Hardwick has too much banging body and beauty for one show, so now he’s going to show off all that goodness and talent on the new Starz series, Power, which already has critics talking. But what I like most about Hardwick is that he’s talented in more than just acting. He used to play football (hence the body), and he’s an award-winning poet. Seriously, homeboy took part in the National Poetry Slam before. He’s a gift to the eyes and the ears! To celebrate his new show (where he plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick, owner of a hot NYC nightclub…and a drug dealer), which starts tomorrow, we’re showing love to one hunk of a man. Enjoy this eye candy gallery, as I’m sure it will make your day.