Since splitting with her R&B group, the singer has ventured off into the acting world, co-staring in several films.
Her new role is Bunny Brenda.
“I went in for this role multiple times. I auditioned for Imagine TV. I screen tested for Fox, who is producing it and I auditioned and screen tested for NBC, which is our network,” Naughton tells Loop21.com. “It was a total of about four call backs and every time I was excited to go in and just prove that I could bring Bunny Brenda to life. I sang at my audition as well. I actually sang a Nat King Cole song, ‘When I Fall in Love’ and I also did three scenes. I loved the process. I felt like I worked hard for it and at the end of the day it’s so much more rewarding when things don’t always come easy.”
When she takes on a role, she’s serious about it. So she did a little research on the role.
“Most of my preparation for this role was research, so not much physical preparation, but mentally preparing myself, you know, going back into time especially when doing a period piece like this, a show that takes place in 1961 and also being one of the first black bunnies. So I read a lot. I actually watched a documentary called ‘The Bunny Years’ … I read the book ’50 Years of the Playboy Bunny,’ which was awesome. I researched Hugh Hefner and how much he was such a progressive, rebellious man at the time by integrating The Playboy Club.”
Although her acting career has taken off, she’s not forgotten her first love. Naughton would like to do a solo music project in the future, but right now, her singing career is on hold.
“The Playboy Club” premieres Sept. 19.