Exclusive: Tasha Smith Talks Finding Happiness After Filing For Divorce, Her Work On “Empire,” “Power” And Comparisons Of Both

January 23, 2015  |  

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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.


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