Whitney Houston’s mentee, Brandy Norwood, would prefer if the iconic singer’s fans would press pause and not be so quick to speculate about who might portray Whitney on film.
“Honestly, I think it’s a little bit too soon to do a biopic of her life. Everybody needs to chill out right now. It’s way too soon to really tell the true story,” Brandy told The Boombox.
Don’t get it twisted, though. Just because she thinks it’s a bit too soon doesn’t mean Brandy’s not interested in the role.
“It was always my dream to play her. While she was alive in the physical, I talked to her about it all the time,” said Brandy, who co-starred with Whitney in the TV version of the “Cinderella” musical.
“That was our little joke, but if it’s meant to be, it will happen. If not, when it does happen I feel like it’s going to be great and people are going to be inspired, and I’m going to be the first in line to buy a ticket and go see it,” she added.
While “Cinderella” was a small-screen production, Brandy is anxiously awaiting the premiere of her latest big-screen film, The Marriage Counselor. It’s not her first theatrical release, but it could be considered a comeback.
“It’s my first movie since I was 17,” said Brandy, who starred in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. “My character is Melinda, and she’s running from a very troubled past. This girl is traumatized and you’ll find out why.”
Of course, acting is secondary to Brandy’s music career, and the singer might soon be touring with her “It All Belongs to Me” collaborator, Monica.
“We’re talking, but there’s nothing definite yet,” she said.
It might be hard to imagine that Brandy has time for love in the midst of balancing motherhood and her career, but she’s hoping to add wifely duties to her list of priorities soon.
“It’s on the radar for me, and I told [my boyfriend], ‘Babe, I want to get married, but I think it’s hot in my interviews if I say you’re my boyfriend still!’ I like the way that sounds!” said Brandy.
No ring bling has been gifted yet, but Brandy is expecting an engagement to come sooner rather than later.
“I want a ring and everything,” she said. “I want to get married.”
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