So what do you want right now?
Love, health, unity in my family and my friendships, success, a long life. I want everyone to be happy and to have what they need. Things I don’t want, I don’t deal with. I’m around female celebrities all the time and I can’t and won’t compare myself to them because that’s a terrible feeling.
Awful, yes. You said recently that trying new things is uncomfortable. Did you mean acting?
Yes. It’s very uncomfortablee to become someone else and not be self-conscious about it. But then you see it when you’re all over and you think, “Oh my God! I did good!” (9)
Is that how you felt when you watched the Lifetime piece?
Yes! I’m growing! There’s so much I have to learn, still, but man. I saw myself grow.
Has anyone ever approached you about doing a biopic of your life?
All the time. But it’s not that time yet.
You seem to have come such a long way in this lifetime. What’s your secret? Have you been to regular therapy?
No, but I know for a fact there is a God.
“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Here, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”
A divorce, broken engagement, split from her record label and the abrupt ending of her HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency were not enough to keep this “Golden” lady down. She also speaks on the recent upswing in her life. She has a new Lifetime TV movie in the works Steel Magnolias, an all-black adaptation of the 1989 film and noted play.
Check out photos from Steel Magnolias below, and check out the film on Lifetime on Oct. 7 at 9pm.