Just hours before New Edition was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, Demetria McKinney raved to HipHollywood about her love for the famous group.
“After the biopic I got a chance to really connect with the guys on a more intimate level. And to have gone to so many to concerts before that to now go back with these new set of eyes is really exciting,” she told HpHollywood while on the red carpet for the BET Awards.
What McKinney didn’t know during her years of following the group, was that she would one day be playing that of Bobby Brown’s now late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.
The former reality TV star has been tapped to play Houston in an upcoming TV One biopic, something that the singer says she’s humbled by. “It feels like I’m in a submarine and it’s collapsing, but what’s collapsing in there is just greatness. I’m just so excited, I’m humbled.”
She continued, “We approached it [biopic] with a lot of sensitivity. We really wanted to humanize these people. I was very guilty of that. I never gave Whitney a chance to be off until I had to step in. I’m not playing Whitney, I’m playing Nippy. That’s the difference.”
It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere
Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!
Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.
Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.
Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.
He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.“
“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”
In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.
“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”
BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.
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