So Lee Daniels Asked Patti LaBelle To Take Her Wig Off For “Empire”
Lee Daniels plays entirely too much!
Earlier this year we told you that Patti LaBelle joined the growing list of A-list celebrities set to appear in season two of “Empire.” Of course, this won’t be her first time on the hit series. As you may recall, she made a cameo during the season one finale. Luckily for us, the world renowned singer will be returning for an encore.
During a recent chat with Huff Post Live, Aunt Patti revealed a conversation she had with series creator Lee Daniels, and it’s hilarious. Apparently, Daniels was looking to go there with her character this season and asked Miss Patti if she’d be willing to go wigless!
“We talked about it about three months ago. He said ‘LaLa,’ — he calls me ‘LaLa’ — ‘would you take your wig off?’ I said, ‘Hell no,’” she laughed. “So he’s trying to do something daring with me, but I ain’t going out like that. I love you Lee, but no, no. Viola Davis did it well on ‘How To Get Away With Murder,’ but not Miss Patti. I can’t do it.”
Honey, Miss LaBelle ain’t having it! And honestly, we can’t blame her.
In other Patti news, the songstress is preparing for the release of her first jazz album, which remains untitled at this time. The project, which is scheduled for a late 2015 release, features 13 tracks including the singer’s renditions of songs by Nina Simone (“Wild Is the Wind”), Frank Sinatra (“Softly As I Leave You”), and Gloria Lynne (“The Folks That Live On The Hill”) just to name a few.
LaBelle says that she’s excited to have been able to include classical music on the album and is thrilled that newer artists have been doing the same.
“I’m very happy to hear some of the young singer’s going back to old school, like Tyrese, Jill [Scott], and Johnny Gill,” she said. “They’re singing songs like they used to be sung — with basic R&B chord changes and basic stories.”
We’re looking forward to this gem’s new album and of course, her “Empire” appearance.