She says in a recent interview with BET.com that it takes a little tude to make it as a Black woman in showbiz.
She also chats about her latest film, “Polish Bar,” in which she plays the role of a stripper.
BET: How did you come to be in this film, Polish Bar. Your character Ebony is quite different from the one you play in Girlfriends. Golden Brooks: After doing Girlfriends for so long, I wanted to take a chance and do a really dark, independent film. Actually, my roots are in drama. It’s comedy I have to work hard at. It’s easier for me to channel pain than to make people laugh. And I had to do that all the time for Girlfriends. I love doing it, but I knew I wanted to do more as an actress.
BET: You play a stripper and you’re not wearing much clothes in a lot of the film. But I heard you were hiding a little secret during the shoot, which took place in 2009? GB: I was pregnant! I was pregnant while we were shooting the film. I think I did a really good job of hiding it. But that definitely helped me add another layer of emotion to my character, who is really like a mother to her little brother. I could feel my baby kicking while we were shooting, it made me feel maternal even while I was pole dancing.
BET: Did you have any reservations about playing a “stereotypical” character like a stripper? GB: You can think of it in a couple of different ways. You can think of her in a very superficial way, she’s a girl who doesn’t have any education, gets caught up in something, takes her clothes off for a living. But I tried to play to the humanity of her. The urgency of her wanting to get out, but this world sucks her in. The shame she feels. It brings a lot more richness to the character. And as a woman, especially an African-American woman, we have to really do the work to make our characters come alive.
The ex “Girlfriends” star will play a recurring role in The CW’s “Hart of Dixie” this season as the ex-girlfriend of Cress Williams’ character Lavon Hayes, a linebacker who spent a decade in the NFL before becoming the mayor of the show’s fictional Southern town of BlueBell, Alabama.
“I guess everybody already knows that she’s my old high school girlfriend. And I didn’t leave things all that well, so we’re working that out,” Williams, 44, explains of his storyline with Brooks. “Me and Golden…we’re gonna dance. We’re gonna dance.”
The fish-out-of-water series revolves around the character of Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), a fast-talking, New Yorker who after her dreams of becoming a cardio-thoracic surgeon fall apart, accepts an offer to work in a small medical practice in BlueBell.
Brooks, who is returning to The CW after playing Maya Denise Wilkes on the network’s “Girlfriends,” joins “Dixie” as Ruby Jeffries, a successful woman with acerbic wit who returns to BlueBell and becomes fast friends with Zoe. But Ruby must also face her unresolved issues with Lavon.
Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson and Cress Williams
Outside of Ruby and Lavon’s season-long “dance,” Williams said there will also be changes for his character politically in season two, which premieres on Tuesday (Oct. 2) at 8 p.m.
“There’s going to be a reelection. It’s an election year, so that’s gonna be fun,” he added.
Williams is certainly gaining a new fan base among the CW’s specific teen demographic, but there is a certain segment of the population that will always see the 44-year-old actor as the criminal-minded, ex-con Ornette Howard of their beloved “Friday Night Lights.”
Yes, the former NBC drama has been off the air for nearly two years now, but the show’s rabid fan base lives on, and Williams is reminded of that quite often.
“Sometimes they come up and they’re really thankful. They’re fanatics. They love the show,” Williams told EURweb of his “Friday Night Lights” fan encounters.
“And then sometimes they’re like, ‘I hated you!’”
Cress Williams as Ornette Howard in “Friday Night Lights”
Although Ornette’s intentions were always in the best interest of his son – East Dillon High’s star quarterback Vince Howard – they were always rooted in his old criminal ways. One time, he stomped the hell out of a neighborhood thug that was threatening his boy. Another episode saw him resorting to street hustling to help pay off a debt owed by Vince. Ornette also went against Coach’s wishes and spoke to different college recruiters directly on his son’s behalf, which of course ended in disaster. He meant well, but his efforts ultimately came off selfish.
Below, Williams says once fans get over their hatred of his “FNL” character, they usually go on to praise his portrayal – and the series as a whole.
Golden plays the role of Sandra, who’s parents stop in for an unexpected visit during the holidays. Just when everything was sort of peaceful, things start to get out of hand. Ruben plays the role of Michael who must learn that the greatest gift of all is love and understanding.
This isn’t “American Idol” winner’s first try at acting. He’s been a part of shows like “8 Simple Rules,” “Life on a Stick,” and “One on One.
Earlier this year, Studdard signed a recording contract with Shanachie Records, an independent label, and is now working on his fifth studio album. No release date has been announced.
“The Perfect Gift” will be available on DVD tomorrow, November 1.
*Feisty sista Golden Brooks, known for her Maya Wilkes character from the UPN show “Girlfriends,” is back on the scene, figuring out how to balance motherhood and work.
Her latest film project, “The Inheritance” is out on DVD, but her ventures aren’t stopping there. She’s currently searching for a new film and reading scripts that will work with her busy mom life now.
In an interview with VIBE Vixen, she shared about the challenges of maintaining the balancing act of life, motherhood, and career. She also shared a sneak peak into “The Inheritance.”
“It’s about five friends, play cousins, if you will, that actually go back to their home in Minnesota for a family reunion, and actually, they are going back to get this inheritance that one of the elders had left but in the interim they go back to learn. Their big uncle, which is played by Keith David is there to hold a ritual with all the elders who are much older and they’re there to teach us about our past lineage, about our African lineage and to learn something. It’s not to just go back there to get this inheritance, it’s about learning about our past and our roots and they have this whole ritual kind of performance that they’re putting on⎯a whole weekend of this to sort of educate us and of course all the other cousins are like I don’t want to do this, this is crazy, this is ridiculous we just want the money. My character is probably the only one there that really wants to learn something from the elders and learn about our past history and lineage and it kind of turns out to be Rosemary’s baby. My character becomes the host and because she’s the good girl and rigid and the doctor and very a emotional she kind of turns in and pretty much becomes like one of them what happens is this spirit this slave called Chakabazz from the slavery time has come back and haunts this generation and it’s very scary and very spooky but it taps into our African lineage which is what makes the story far more layered than just your typical horror film or thriller film.”
*Chatsworth, CA – When five ambitious cousins gather at a family homestead to claim an inheritance, they are thrust into a terrifying world of rituals, trances and demonic possessions as they compete for their share of a mysterious family fortune in One Village Entertainment’s gothic thriller The Inheritance.
In the tradition of The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, this chilling new horror film premieres on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 12, 2011 from Image Entertainment.
Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert O’hara and featuring an all-star cast including Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”), two-time Emmy® Award-winner Keith David (Requiem for a Dream), DB Woodside (“24″), and Darrin Dewitt Henson (Stomp the Yard), The Inheritance delivers powerful performances, stunning imagery and heart-stopping twists that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. SRP is $29.97 for the Blu-ray™ and $27.97 for the DVD. Pre-book is March 15th.
For cousins Karen (Brooks), Henry (Woodside), Tyrone (Henson), Lily (Rochelle Aytes, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion) and Simpson (Shawn Michael Howard, Cable Guy), the truth about their ancestral fortune has been buried for centuries, dating back to the time of slavery.
Now, an invitation from the family’s commanding and enigmatic patriarch (David), along with a series of supernatural events and mysterious disappearances at a long-awaited family reunion, forces this once tight-knit family to discover how far they’re willing to go to obtain their precious inheritance.
When Aunt Felicia (Adriane Lenox, The Blind Side) arrives in the middle of the night to deliver urgent news about the clan’s ties to the occult and the ominous events that lie ahead, Karen and her cousins must accept the truth of their destiny and either choose the sacrifices that must be made, or to turn their back on disturbing centuries-old customs and the wealth and privilege that come with them.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor at the American Black Film Festival, The Inheritance was an Official Selection of the Urbanworld Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, International Black Film Festival and the Twin Cities Black International Film Festival.
CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Cast: Golden Brooks, Keith David, DB Woodside, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Shawn Michael Howard, Rochelle Aytes, Adriane Lenox, Novella Nelson, Andre DeShields and Lanre Idewu
Directed By: Robert O’hara
Written By: Robert O’hara
Executive Producer(s): Mark Brockbank; Jermaine O’Neal; Cynthia P. Stafford
Produced By: Effie Brown;
Director of Photography: Tommy Maddox-Upshaw
Production Designer: Cheri Anderson
Editor: Craig Hayes & Paul Heim
Costume Design By: Sarah Staskauskas
Music By: Nathan Furst
Casting By: Chemin Sylvia Bernard
About Image Entertainment:
Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,200 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and more than 450 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights, as well as digital download rights to over 2,100 video programs and approximately 400 audio titles containing more than 6,000 individual tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.
About One Village Entertainment:
One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment, Inc., is devoted to the development, production and acquisition of diverse products specifically targeting consumers seeking quality, urban entertainment. The division distributes feature films, comedy specials, staged plays, documentaries and music content targeting the African-American consumer.
Monica and her fiance' Shannon Brown of the LA Lakers
*It was a wild scene: high class and hip-hop urban entertainment meshed together Sunday night at Philippe Chow on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. They honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Bullets for Peace while they partied for singer, Monica’s 30th Birthday.
It was an awesome scene to witness. Think varying levels of self mastery, fine living and passion for just about everything; spread out on one pink carpet.
Several LA Lakers including Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom were there. Also, Deniece Williams, Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Golden Brooks, Khloe Kardashian, Raven-Symone, Kenny Lattimore; need I say more. Oh no, it didn’t stop there; Black Hollywood debutantes, athletes, hip hoppers, and cultural tastemakers were on the scene for the cause.
Urban entertainment’s elite swarmed in one after the other wearing pink ribbons and draped with silver bullets, all in support of Monica’s Still Standing Foundation and its programs, and of course they came to party.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
The host, Monica, whose temperament was elegant and poised, showed with her fiancé, Lakers guard Shannon Brown, and they moved, coupled-up, down the pink carpet posing for the cameras. Oh yes, and the love seemed to be clear.
It should be mentioned that Monica appears one snazzy lady; celebrity looks good on her. And EURweb happens to know (from an earlier interview) that Monica’s class and strong head on her shoulders is the result of good home training and was handed down by the strong and loving women of her family.
“Reach for the stars and not look down on others, but look down to help others,” Monica said in a statement for the press.
In keeping with an urban/southern sophistication and desire to give back Monica asked her family and celebrity friends to donate money in the name of her Still Standing Foundation to the Susan Komen Foundation – Susan G. Komen for the Cure – the global leader of the breast cancer movement.
EURweb’s Billie Jordan was on the scene and spoke to some of Monica’s most exciting celebrity guest. Here’s her (video) *Red Carpet Report:
Monica and her gentleman fiance' Shannon Brown
By the way, the birthday girl arrived in a Porsche Panamera with her fiancé, who opened the door for his soon-to-be wife and shielded her with an umbrella. Inside, the happy couple’s family and friends nibbled on the Asian cuisine, cupcakes, and candy as Jermaine Dupri worked the ones and twos.
“Because God has given me more than I could have ever imagined, I won’t even make a wish,” the mother of two told partygoers before blowing out the candles on her purse-shaped cake. “I’ll just say to everybody in here, we’re all blessed.”
*Monica Turns 30 Red Carpet Report: Produced, filmed and edited by Billie Jordan for EURweb