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July 24, 2014

Catching Up with Tatyana Ali

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By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | japwoodruff@gmail.com

N’DIGO recently caught up with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air child star and current actress and R&B Singer, Tatyana Ali. Recently wrapping up Queen Latifah’s new film, November Rule and coming out with a new single, we asked Tatyana to give us a bit more insight into her current projects and where she sees herself headed in the next year. Currently with her hand in multiple pots we can expect to start hearing Tatyana’s name more in the coming months.  Looking forward to what she has up her sleeve and current projects, it is obvious that Tatyana and her fans have a lot to be excited about. Check out the interview below.

How has the transition been from “child star” to an adult actress?

Journeying away from the way people perceive me to the way I wish to be perceived has been really interesting. I think that can be an uphill battle for anyone hoping to evolve. It’s been difficult at times, but the rewards and successes have been far greater than the struggle itself. I’ve made it, kind of inevitable because everyone grows up, and I’m still doing what I love.

What can we expect from this new single?

I want people to have fun with my music. I’m talking about real moments in my life and I hope it connects. I’m at a place in my life where I feel really good about myself, really confident and I hope it makes women especially feel the same way.

We have been told that you will be starring in the upcoming Queen Latifah-produced film November Rule, how was the experience?

I’m really excited for people to see November Rule. We have an amazing cast and we had a blast doing it. It’s a romantic comedy about a man who dumps anyone he’s dating before the holidays force family and too much intimacy on him. Only problem, is this time he’s dumped a woman he’s actually in love with, my character, Leah. In telling people about the film, I’ve learned that it’s a tactic people use pretty often, we’ve just given it a name.

Returning to Chicago Aug. 2nd for the American InterContinental University commencement address, what points are you really looking to get across to graduates?

AIU was gracious enough to invite me to participate in their commencement ceremony and I’m very honored. I want to impart some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I remember my graduation pretty clearly. I was so excited and so unsure at the same time. I’d like to alleviate any of the worries the students may be feeling about the new life they’re entering into.

As we hit the mid-point of the year, with your current success, how well do you think it has been lining up to where you see yourself next year?

I look at life as an adventure and so far this year has been amazing. I’m looking forward to achieving some great personal milestones in some of the projects I’m producing and in performance. I’ll be doing Shakespeare with Charles Dutton in the coming months, a first for me… so all in all the year is even better than right on track.

What message would you like to relay to your fans as they are on the lookout for all of your new projects?

I love that my work is about imagination. My hope in anything, my speaking, my producing efforts, performances in music, theatre, TV or film is that the audience goes along for the ride and that it really touches them.  I’m so blessed to have fans that have watched me tell stories for years and it makes me so happy when I get to meet them. I want to say thank you for all the love you’ve shown me!



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