A number of professionally trained actresses have voiced their not-so-positive opinions about reality stars crossing over into scripted TV, but NeNe Leakes doesn’t appreciate the shade.
“Funny how actors get mad when u get an gig as if the castin director was lookin 4 them! If they were lookin 4 u, they would hav called u,” NeNe wrote via Twitter.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star currently has a recurring role on “Glee,” and she’s also guest-starred on BET’s “The Game.”
Reality stars Tami Roman of “Basketball Wives” and Kim Kardashian have also landed scripted roles. Kim is set to star in Tyler Perry’s upcoming movie, The Marriage Counselor.
Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson told Sister 2 Sister that wannabe actresses should go to school instead of taking the reality route.
“If you want reality TV, fabulous, go do it, but if you’re trying to follow in my footsteps, you gotta train. That’s what I did,” she said.
Gabrielle Union mimicked that sentiment when she told S2S, “If you want to be in television and film, go to school.”
However, NeNe, who does have a background in acting, seems to have little sympathy for those professionally trained actresses who are losing roles to reality stars.
“Actors feel some type of way when Reality Stars work n their field! I started out actin first! I didn’t make the rules I just play by them,” she tweeted.
—Tracy L. Scott
What do you think? Is it fair that professional actresses are losing roles to reality stars, or is it good that reality stars get the chance to break into acting? Leave your comments below.