Royce Reed has no plans to leave "Basketball Wives," but she is not at all worried about branching out on her own.
Royce was noticeably absent from more than a few episodes of “Basketball Wives” this season. While that would leave some reality stars shook, the author, dancer and wannabe actor isn’t hesitant about branching out on her own.
“I don’t need this show to survive. I don’t need to be friends with Shaunie in order to survive. She doesn’t own the air. In terms of everything that Royce is doing, I can hold my own,” Royce told VH1.
In addition to her “College Girls” novel series, she’s also working on a stage play and fitness video.
However, Royce really wants to act.
“I’m an actress first,” said Royce. “After this show is done I’m gonna either have a show of my own, or you’re definitely gonna see me in lights, but my major was theater arts and I’m very good at it. Not to toot my own horn, but toot toot!” she said.
Her desire to act is part of what caused friction with her co-star, Jennifer Williams. When Jen’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Eric Williams, approached Royce with an opportunity to star in a film, Royce was a little too eager for Jen’s liking. Jen would have preferred for Royce to check with her first before agreeing to discuss the role with Eric.
Unfortunately, for Royce, she hasn’t heard much from Eric about the film lately.
“I haven’t received a script yet,” said Royce, who is still open to doing the part. “I’ll read it and if it’s a good look then I’ll do it, if not… keep it moving,” she said.
Although Royce has all these plans and projects outside of “Basketball Wives,” she isn’t walking away from the show that put her on the map.
“I’m gonna ride it until the wheels fall off for me, but I know that this show isn’t the end of me. I have a lot going on for myself, so I can hold my own.”
—Tracy L. Scott
Click on the thumbnails below for larger images of Royce.