All eyes will soon be on Kat Graham when the new Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me hits theaters. In the film, the actress takes on the role of a young Jada Pinkett (before Smith), who had a special bond and relationship with the iconic rapper.
Graham shared with HipHollywood how she approached the role and what advice, if any, Jada gave her to help her prepare. “I reached out to her before we started filming. But I wasn’t able to connect with her until after I wrapped.”
She added, “I think, at the time, I cared more about embodying the energy of her at that time, versus making it feel like a caricature or imitation of her.”
So, what did Pinkett-Smith say when they finally did speak? “Support, I’ll just say that,” Graham said. “A lot of support and a lot of love, and just good energy.”
“I know she would make herself available if I ever wanted to talk,” she continued. “I just wanted to do my best to honor this time and this friendship that was so special to her.”
Jada and Tupac met while attending Baltimore School For The Arts and remained close as their careers both took off some years later in Hollywood. Graham, who worked with acting coach Ivana Chubbuck to nail Pinkett’s around-the-way girl personality, said audiences will really see the bond they had and how much he meant to her.
“I know that the dynamic that they had was so special and so powerful. I just hope that people feel the love that these two friends had for each other.”
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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