She’s a TV host, entrepreneur, reality star and socialite, but LaLa Anthony is ready for folks to recognize her acting skills.
The 34-year-old talent, who is married to NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony, has guest-starred on TV series like “Single Ladies,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “CSI: NY,” and “Let’s Stay Together.” She also had a small part in the blockbuster, “Think Like A Man.”
But now, Anthony, who currently stars in David E. Talbert’s “Baggage Claim,” is itching for bigger acting roles.
“I want to do more unexpected stuff. Those are the kinds of roles I’m looking,” she told AlwaysAList.com, before adding: “But I’ve done some great, great stuff.”
While we sat in her hotel suite at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Anthony shared that landing more and more opportunities is a dream come true for her.
“It feels great, but at the same time I’m just never satisfied. Like, I want more,” she admitted.
Anthony wants a role that makes people take notice, instead of being like “that’s LaLa, she’s acting and it’s cool.”
Growing up in a rough neighborhood in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Anthony said her ideal acting project would be a role that showcased those types of stories.
“I would like to bring awareness to stories that matter to me. My mom grew up in the Marcy Projects. I was born in the Marcy Projects. Stories that hit home about things like that. Stories that have some realness into my life and things I’ve experienced growing up,” she shared.
Anthony hopes that when people see her in movies like “Baggage Claim,” watch her television show and read her book, “Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness,” they recognize that the entertainment business has changed and you can be diverse in the types of projects you take on.
“I feel like my purpose in my career, when I really think about it, is to show people that you can really do more than one thing! I think it’s happening more now, but there was a time like when you were on the radio, that’s just what you did. When you interviewed, that’s just what you did. Being able to start from radio, going to being on MTV, going to a reality show, now going into acting, producing, writing a book and doing all these great things, it is showing people you can be multifaceted and actually good at different things. So for me, that’s what’s its about and I’m happy its coming into existence but I’m always pushing myself the most for whatever that next thing is going to be and that next role,” she said.
Anthony also spoke about why her reality show on VH1 is different, how she could relate to “Baggage Claim” because of her father, her upcoming clothing line, and her wanting to be a matchmaker for Jill Scott. Listen to the audio from our interview below. “Baggage Claim” is in theaters now.
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