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Exclusive: “Addicted” Star Sharon Leal Talks William Levy, Omari Hardwick And Tyler Perry’s Kissing Skills
When Sharon Leal was announced as the woman who would play Zoe Reynard in the film adaptation of Addicted, some people weren’t crazy about the idea. Leal hadn’t really played any provocative roles in the past, so fans of the book were wondering if she could really embody such a complicated character. But she did, and Leal was able to do so because her main focus was not on expectations or making a proper ‘sex film,’ but trying to tell a story many can relate to: How a person’s troubled past can have a major impact on their future.
I had the chance to chat with Leal recently, as Addicted is being released for digital download today, and DVD release on February 10. We talked about the actress initially being nervous about those intense sex scenes, why she wanted the role of Zoe, her track record of playing alongside some very hot men, her budding singing career and much, much more:
If She Read “Addicted” Before Taking The Role Of Zoe
No, I did not. I had not read it. But I was also told that they were going to reinterpret it because it’s very different doing it cinematically than what’s in the book. So we really tried to give it its own vibe. The seed was planted by Zane’s novel, but the movie was not verbatim or the same exact story. It was inspired by it.
Why She Wanted To Play Such A Stripped Down–Literally–Role
I think as actors, we want to challenge ourselves. I know I always get a little nervous when I’m playing the same woman or I keep revisiting the same role. This was doing something different and it felt like a challenge and I really wanted to push the envelope a little bit. Once I had the proper conversations with Billy Woodruff and the other actors, we got to a place where we thought, let’s dive in and get this done. At the core of the film, it’s really about a very successful woman suffering from a very serious disease. We get to live vicariously through her because of these amazing men she gets to romp around with and that sort of fantasy thing that it fulfills in us women. But at the core, we can’t forget that she is a woman who suffered from something very serious as a child and the consequences were that she developed a serious affliction. I really focused on that, and everything else was what it was.
If She Was Nervous About Being Fully Exposed On Camera
Soooo nervous. It’s not anything I’ve ever done before and it’s compromising. It’s difficult, and you’ll never have any guarantee that something is going to resonate the way that you picture in your mind. You hope something positive comes out of it. I didn’t want to just do a sex film just to do a sex film. I hoped that it would have a complete story and enlighten people to something that is very real. So that was daunting and definitely intimidating–terrifying to be quite honest. But I think that we did a good job and we were so fortunate because we had the most enthusiastic and supportive fans. They just really showed up and loved it. They made the whole experience worthwhile.
How Her Boyfriend Reacted To Her Work In The Film
He came to the set one day and I said, ‘Okay, you gotta go. You gotta go back to the hotel. Stop torturing me and we’ll just get this done.’ It’s just not anything I would wish on anybody. I know that if the shoes were reversed, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t want to see it. So, that’s the really difficult thing that all of us actors have to go through. There are rules about all of that stuff. It’s tricky, but everybody was so respectful. We all know how awkward and technical those scenes really are, so nobody was having too much fun [laughs]. It’s not natural to watch your significant other in anything like that for sure. He did see it and he came to the premiere. He knows what it is. He tried it a couple of times saying, “Really??” But at the end of the day, he knows he can’t get upset.
Out Of Her Leading Men, Including Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford And William Levy, Who Did She Have The Best Chemistry (And Kiss) With?
I gotta say, William Levy’s just got something. I’ve never had a Latin lover or Latin boyfriend or anything, but he’s just got this charisma where I didn’t have to work that hard. He would say a line in that accent, and he’s just so gorgeous, you were just there. ‘Let’s do it!’ [laughs] I think it’s because he just has this thing that all of us women just hear about. I was like, ‘I don’t know why this is pushing all the right buttons, but it is!’ He just has that and I was kind of caught off guard I gotta say. I was just like, ‘whoa!'[laughs]
Comparing Levy To Her Past Leading Man, Omari Hardwick
Omari is awesome! What did I do with Omari? Oh, Last Letter! Yeah, I think William just had this thing that I never experienced before. I’ve worked with gorgeous, gorgeous men before, but William came at me from another angle [laughs]. But Omari’s beautiful and so respectful and smart. Omari’s awesome because he’s so positive. You can tell that he loves what he does. He has a real positivity about him that’s very sexy and nice to be around.
Her Singing Career
“Giant” is one of the songs on my EP called Leo. There are six songs on my EP, which is on iTunes. This year I’m finishing up my official album. So yeah, I’m pursuing that, but with no other intention than to pay attention to that outlet, which is something I sort of let go of. I started out as a singer and then I started acting. I wrote all the songs on the EP, and it’s just a real outlet for me. I’m just going to get that done and I’m having a blast doing it. It’s just another aspect of what I do. I started out in musical theater on Broadway, so singing is a big love of mine.
If There Will Be A Third Part To Why Did I Get Married?
I know! Well, we hope so. As you know, Tyler Perry is doing so many things and wears so many hats, but I really hope that we get to do a third installment. I’m asked that question often. We’ve kind of fallen in love with those couples and feel like we know them, so I think a third installment would do well. But I don’t know, we have to see. But the fans need to continuously write in and bombard Tyler [laughs]. That cast is so specific that it’s hard to kind of track down everyone, but wouldn’t that be great? I would love it!
What It Was Like Playing Tyler Perry’s Wife On-Screen In WDIGM?
[Laugs] This is a whole kissing interview! Tyler’s great. It’s not really fair because compared to everything else I’ve done, Why Did I Get Married was really PG, right? We didn’t really get to get in there and do anything crazy. We just did ‘muah, muah’ kiss, kiss. So I can’t really accurately judge his kissing, but I do adore Tyler as a person. But maybe in the third one we’ll get a little dirty [laughs]. Highly unlikely!
While out at the premiere of Selma, new dad Tyler Perry chatted it up with The Grio’s Chris Witherspoon about how he’s adjusting to fatherhood as well as those sleepless nights that new parents know so much about.
“I wish I could say that I’m up all night, but Mommy is doing alot of work,” Tyler confessed. “She’s a great mother who just wants to be there for the baby.”
According to the 45-year-old producer and director, his girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, opted not to hire nannies to assist with their son, Aman.
“We have no nannies, we have no help. She wants to do it all. So we’re doing it all. I’m getting a little sleep, but she’s not getting any.”
As previously reported, Tyler and Gelila welcome their baby boy in November.
“The greatest gift I’m being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I never had, so that’s what I’m excited about,” Tyler gushed earlier this fall. “This beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know, because they come with their own personalities, who they are, to shepherd and usher him…”
Congrats again to the new parents!
Ladies, if you don’t already know him, meet “The Haves and the Have Nots” actor, Tyler Lepley. He plays Benny Young on the hit OWN show, and before he was a hit on-screen and with the ladies, the Philly-born cutie moved to Los Angeles and paid the bills by doing personal training. After auditioning for and nabbing a role in an independent feature, his first film role, Lepley caught the acting bug. He took some classes and eventually was cast in small roles in movies like Baggage Claim, and is now doing big things on Tyler Perry’s hit show, “The Haves and the Have Nots” alongside Tika Sumpter (he plays her half-brother). He’s a talented actor on the rise, and did we mention that he’s easy on the eyes? Check out this week’s evening eye candy and we think you’ll agree with us!
Just as we suspected. Yesterday, after following the social media presence of a woman close to Tyler Perry’s longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele, blogs and news sites were able to guess that Bekele had given birth to Tyler’s son.
And all of that guess work turned out to be right.
Now, that the cat is out of the bag, a source close to the couple told E! News, that not only did the couple welcome a son on Sunday, November 30, this person also revealed the name.
The boy’s name is Aman Tyler Perry.
According to People, “Aman means peace and represents ‘the true meaning of Thanksgiving and then, of course, the holiday season.'”
The source also said: “Everyone is doing great. They are so happy.”
Earlier this fall, when he was promoting the film Gone Girl, Perry accidentally told E! that he was having a boy and the dreams he had for his soon-to-be born child.
“The greatest gift I’m being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I never had, so that’s what I’m excited about. This beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know, because they come with their own personalities, who they are, to shepherd and usher him…”
He then stopped, laughed and exclaimed, “I said ‘him!'” Perry paused for a moment before clarifying, “…into whatever the child is supposed to be is what I’m going to do.”
Official congratulations to Tyler and Gelila on their new bundle of joy!
When news broke that Tyler Perry was expecting a son, there were all types of reactions. But after we all settled down, we wondered when the baby would be born and whether or not we’d get to see him or her. (Later, Tyler confirmed it was a him.) I mean, we assumed we wouldn’t get to see the baby; but we’re nosy, so we can only hope.
And while there aren’t any concrete pictures of Perry’s new baby boy, the social media presence from close friends seemed to confirm that Tyler’s son is indeed here. If you remember it was a friend who leaked the news that Tyler’s longtime girlfriend, Gelila Bekele was indeed carrying his child.
And this time, a woman who Gelila called her sister, on an Instagram picture months ago, seemed to announce the arrival of the baby boy.
Check out her tweets.
I know you’re probably thinking ‘She could be talking about anybody’s baby.’ And that’s true…but this woman was with Gelila on Thanksgiving.
And in September, when Gelila’s friend announced that she was pregnant, he mentioned that she was 7 months, which would make late November a plausible due date. So I’m willing to bet yes. But only time will tell. We’ll be sure to keep you posted when there’s official confirmation and hopefully, baby pictures.
By now we’ve heard tons of celebrity stalker stories. Ranging from fans that climb on top of house roofs to deranged individuals that sneak into celebrity houses, there are tons of crazy stalker stories.
However, this story posted by Tyler Perry on his Facebook page takes the cake. Apparently a former employee took it upon himself to do anything and everything in his power to meet Mr. Perry. Take a look at what went down at Tyler Perry Studios.
So, I’m sitting at my house in LA, minding my own business, and I get a call from the president of my studio. He called me to tell me that there was an employee at the studio who was behaving strangely. I asked who it was and he said I wouldn’t know him because he works in production. Well, he was right. I didn’t know him. As much as I try to remember all the employees, it’s difficult.
Let me help you get a picture of the studio, so you can have an idea of what it’s like there. TPS is a 60-acre campus that looks a lot like a small college. There are 400 employees working there, and even though I don’t know most of them by name I make it a point to say “Hi”. Because my office is on a secured floor, the only time I see the production staff is when I’m on set or walking about the campus. So, let’s be clear. I did not know this person at all. He works in a department that I have no firsthand dealings with.
So, here’s what happened. This young man wasn’t fired and didn’t get into it with anyone at the studio. He just decided that he wanted to meet me. So he came up to the executive office. Now, you have to understand that the executive offices are on the top floor, which is secured and restricted. You have to have access to get to this floor. Well, somehow the power to the restricted doors was turned off (my security team thinks this was deliberately done) and this employee came up to the executive office saying that he wanted to meet me. The accountant that he said this to was scared by it, so she called security. In the 15 seconds that it took for them to get upstairs to look for him, he seemed to have vanished. They called downstairs to the department that he worked in and spoke to the person who had hired him a couple of months ago. His supervisor and coworkers said that he had been acting strange all morning. Security continued the search for this young man. After 45 minutes they heard him inside of the sheetrock walls. He had somehow climbed into the drop ceiling and made his way into an empty office. He barricaded himself inside and refused to come out of the office until he met me.
Of course, the studio had to be evacuated and the police were called, even though shutting down caused me quite a bit in damages and lost hours. It affected production and my delivery deadlines. However, the safety of the people that work for me comes first, and my team knows this. It took the police about 4 hours to get him to come out of the office. At one point they thought they were going to have to call the SWAT team because they didn’t know if he had weapons. After he was arrested they searched the small office he had barricaded himself in, and he had left his headshot on the wall with a note to me saying “I believe in your leadership”.
I don’t know what he was thinking. But let’s be clear, to do something like this someone has to be mentally disturbed.
Anyway, I’m back to relaxing.
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Tyler Perry has requested an order of protection against the former employee and is pursuing legal action. After reading this, we hope you understand why we said this story takes the cake. What would you do if a former employee did the same at your place of business?
Monday, Tyler Perry filed for a protective order against former Tyler Perry Studios employee Joshua Sole, who Perry believes is stalking him. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sole was booked on criminal trespass charges on Halloween morning for breaking into TP Studios the night before. Perry is also suing Sole.
According to the lawsuit, Perry believes that Sole is trying to intimidate him. Sole attempted to contact Perry on Thursday, but when his attempts were unsuccessful, he allegedly disengaged the power at the Atlanta studio, disabling its alarms and surveillance equipment. The lawsuit also claims that he broke into the studio through a suspended ceiling. Apparently, this was all to get a face-to-face meeting with the mogul.
Officers received a 911 call at about 6:00 p.m. on Thursday with reports of trespassing. When they arrived on the scene, they were told by a security guard that an “employee Joshua Sole has been acting weird” and for whatever reason, had barricaded himself inside of the administrative offices. It reportedly took officers approximately four hours to take Sole into custody. He was booked at the Fulton County Jail early Friday morning.
In the suit, the Gone Girl actor accuses Sole of stalking and “simple assault.” In addition to Perry’s request for a protective order, which he would like to prohibit Sole from coming within 500 feet of him, he is also asking the courts to have Sole undergo a psychological evaluation. Oh yeah, he’s also requesting that Sole pay him at least $100,000 and $25,000 for legal fees. It’s not clear whether or not Sole was fired by Perry and what his position was during his stint of employment with TP Studios.
Sole was released the same day of his arrest on a $7,000 signature bond.
Tyler Perry has a new baby and people are questioning his faith and even some of Madea’s biggest fans are saying that Mr. Perry needs to do better — in more ways than one.
Even the biggest Tyler Perry fans have been wondering if the inventor of “lace front corn rows” shouldn’t invest some of that movie money into better hairstylists for his leading men.
“I Thought He Was Asexual” Tasha Smith Talks Tyler Perry’s Baby, Tisha Campbell-Martin And Sex Addiction
Tasha Smith visited the “Wendy Williams Show” recently. And perhaps, by now, you’ve noticed that whenever Tasha sits down, she spills all types of tea. And today, especially on Wendy, was no different. She talked about everything under the sun, from Tyler Perry having a baby, to trying to have one of her own, her friendship with Tisha Campbell-Martin and sex addiction…among other things. She was all the way live. Get into the interview, in the excerpts and then full video below.
Tyler Perry having a baby
Wendy: Tyler Perry is going to have his first child.
Tasha: Can you believe it?!
Tasha: Stop it Wendy! I used to think he was asexual. I didn’t think he had sex…at all! No but seriously… Stop it Wendy!! No, seriously. He’s like an uncle that never has sex. I was just shocked and I’m so happy for him, he’s going to be a daddy. I used to think that he would just be the uncle-daddy, you know?
Having a baby of her own with her husband of five years
Tasha: I’m kind of mad at him, he beat me and my husband to the punch.
Wendy: I remember the last time you were here you talked about desperately wanting to have a baby, a lot of women don’t put that out on national tv.
Tasha: And Wendy we are still trying to have a baby, ok? We are having sex all the time. As a matter of fact, we just got done. Up in your green room. I mean, why not, I’m ovulating. But Wendy seriously, it’s driving me crazy. And if it doesn’t happen this time, will you carry for me?
Wendy: I’m 50!….Would you consider adopting?
Tasha: I would rather do surrogacy before adopting. If I can’t do it, I’d rather find someone who would do it for me.
Wendy: Do you know Sherri? Well, I guess her surrogate’s busy…
Tasha: Well, honey, I don’t want her surrogate. I don’t want her surrogate. And nobody should ever want her husband… I shouldn’t go there but Wendy…Wendy!
Friendship with Tisha
My best friend since I was sixteen! I was 16, she was about 18, 19 in Camden, New Jersey. We met through an ex boyfriend who had introduced us. And I invited her to our house for dinner and she said yes, I couldn’t believe it. She was in School Daze and Little Shop of Horrors and all that. But for her to say yes to come to my house in Camden, New Jersey. I was so happy. We cleaned the house, sprayed it down with Lysol. We got it ready, right? It was ready, it was clean. We had fried chicken it was great. And she comes over and literally as soon as she sat down, a mouse ran over her foot. I was like Noooooooo!
She said she was ok, but the rest of the time she ate with her feet up like this, (Lifts feet up to put them on top of Wendy’s coffee table.)
And mind you, I did not believe in sex addiction, at all. I just thought you was a hoe, you just nasty, you just had to get it when you wanted to get it and give an excuse on why you getting it. But I did a lot of research on sex addiction, Wendy, and I am fully convinced that sex addiction is no different than alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling all of it. It is an addiction that’s connected to a mental disorder. And I don’t think people just getting hot and hard all the time.
And then you can check out her talking about the much coveted Donna Summer role, shaving her head trying to pull off her twin sister’s look and more in the full video below.
Tasha is a full fool and I love watching her interviews! What do you think about her comments…on everything. Did she take it too far and share too much or did she just say what a lot of us were already thinking?
Tyler Perry is busy promoting his upcoming new film, Gone Girl (he has a role in it, he’s not involved in behind-the-scenes production in case you didn’t know), starring Ben Affleck. While doing media rounds with the cast, Perry sat down with Extra TV’s Jerry Penacoli, who asked him questions about his other new role–as a father. During their chat, Perry might have accidentally revealed the sex of his child, but he also talked personally about how he wants to provide his son with the love he didn’t get from his own father figure as a child.
Jerry Penacoli: “Congratulations by the way.”
Tyler Perry: “Thank you! Thanks.”
Penacoli: “The pending…son? Do you know if it’s a son or a daughter? Child?”
Perry: “Well, we’re having a baby.”
Penacoli: “You don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl?”
Perry: “We’re having a baby. She and I are very excited.”
Penacoli: “You’re just glowing!”
Perry: “I’m happy. I’m happy. I’m really excited.”
Penacoli: “This is going to change your life.”
Perry: “It already has.”
Penacoli: “You’ve been very outspoken about your relationship with your dad, what kind of dad will you be?”
Perry: “You know, the greatest gift I’m being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I never had, so that’s what I’m excited about–this beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know. Because they come with their own personalities, who they are, to shepherd and usher him into whatever…I said him…into whatever the child is supposed to be is what I’m going to do.”
As we told you a few months back, Perry found out the man he thought was his father, Emmitt Perry Sr., who treated him so cruelly as a child, was actually not his father at all.
“I love my mother to death, but she lied to me.
Some of you have secrets that your kids need to know. Let the chips fall where they may. For the peace of that person, let them know.”
But back in May, Perry wrote a message on his website where he spoke about the type of father he hoped to be in the future. In that letter, he said that he his past pain makes him want to be the best father possible.
In my prayer and quiet time at 5am, I was praying about how to (one day) be the best father that I can be. I have no doubt that I will be a great dad, but as I looked back in my life for an example, all I could remember were all of the horrible things that were said and done to me as a kid. But before I could get sad about it, I remembered something I wrote a while back about “learning in reverse”.
If you are like me and had no good examples, then your lesson is in reverse. I learned many years ago that if I do the opposite of what was done and said to me then I have learned how to be a good father some day.
Check out Perry’s chat with “Extra” below: