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Lil Mama On Playing Left Eye In CrazySexyCool: “It Was A Challenge”



After months of anticipation, TLC’s biopic CrazySexyCool is finally set to hit airwaves tonight on VH1.

CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story is a movie based on the lives of 90’s hip-hop/r&b group TLC. In the original made for television film, viewers will see the highs and lows of the girls, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, played by KeKe Palmer, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, played by Lil Mama, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, played by Drew Sidora.

HipHollywood recently caught up with KeKe Palmer who revealed what fans might be surprised to learn while watching the highly anticipated movie.

“I think as a whole, it will be hard for people to believe that with all these many blessings that they were receiving, that there is still always turmoil. Whether it’s you’re going good in your business or you’re going good in your home, there’s always something that’s going wrong,” Palmer said.

Earlier this year, HipHollywood broke the news that Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was going to be played by rapper, Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland. During the BET Awards, HH talked with Lil Mama about playing the late singer/rapper.

“It was a great experience. It was a challenge for me of course, her not being here. Having both Chilli and T-Boz give encouragement and explain their mannerisms to KeKe and Drew, but also giving me a little input on Left Eye as well. But to have the person there hands on is a little different,” she said.

“If there was a question that I had, I had to go to a video or watch something just to pick it up first hand. It was a challenge, but it was an honor,” Lil Mama revealed.

HH also caught up with Rochelle Aytes, who plays the role of Pebbles, to talk about how Chill and T-Boz helped her channel the group’s former manager.

“Chilli and T-Boz were on set quite often. It was very helpful especially for me to have them there because they lived it. If I would deliver a line that Pebbles delivered, they would come to me and say ‘this is how she would say it. She would say it just like this.’ I got to kind of live through them,” Aytes explained.

“They would just be in awe at the development of the other girls and their character, and how much they resembled them. They started to take on their mannerisms. They even said to me, ‘wow, how did you know to do that things with your hands?’ They were really happy with the way it came together,” the Mistresses star revealed.

CrazySexyCool premieres tonight on VH1 at 9/8C.

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  1. Mika

    October 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    They bogus!!! First of all they could have picked a better looking girl to play Lisa cause Lil Mamma nose too big and she is not a cute girl. Secondly they made Chilli and T-boz damn near a saint. If they were going to tell Lisa life and she can’t defend herself then they should have really told they whole story too. Lisa was a huge part of TLC and they did not give her justice in the movie. RIP Lisa, you will always be number one and I will always be a fan.

    • Me

      October 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      -builds a bridge- There’s a bridge get over it! Seriously Lil’ mama did a wonderful job being like Lisa! I feel they showed us the struggle of Left eye so we could appreciate those last days of her life! I loved them movie…Just give praise where praise is due

  2. Felisha Crooks-Sweet

    October 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    So proud of Lil Mama, she put her heart and soul into her role as Left Eye. The girl was on point from beginning to end. The other two actors were good but did not have enough edge like TBoz and Chilli. Some doors should definitely open up for Lil Mama.

  3. skippy1493

    October 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    LIL Mama for President

  4. Chris

    November 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I like Keke Palmer in other projects she has done, but I just couldn’t see Chilli in her performance. Plus she was way too tall. If she was playing a fictional character I would say she did a good job. But this is a real person that she didn’t embody enough (not meaning in spirit if Chilli was guiding her, but in action). So, it’s funny Lil Mama made the comment about mannerisms; she and the actress who played T-Boz made a visible effort to sound like and give off the familiar vibes of the women they played. Lil Mama was the best though. The movie was really good. The girl who played T-Boz could play Beyoncé in a biopic…or Megan Good’s sister.

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