Singer Brandy returns to Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” this Sunday, and the former reality star said she’ll be sticking to scripted TV from now on.
Brandy, who started her acting career as the star of “Moesha,” stepped away from the TV cameras for a while as she concentrated on the mic, but now she’s back to balancing singing and acting.
She thrilled fans as Chardonnay on the latest season of “The Game,” and she’s set to appear in Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor soon.
While fans remember Brandy as the one receiving parental advice on “Moesha,” Brandy has grown up and portrays a single mother on her recurring “Drop Dead Diva” role.
“I relate to her in so many ways, just being a mother, having her heart broken. I’ve been through everything she’s been through, probably more,” Brandy told Sister 2 Sister.
On the show, Brandy portrays the former love of co-star Josh Stamberg, who plays an attorney. Brandy’s character, Elisa, first appeared on the Lifetime dramedy last season and surprised her ex by revealing that he was the father of her child.
While Elisa has plenty of surprises and twists to keep viewers interested, Brandy admitted she doesn’t have enough real-life drama for reality TV.
“I don’t want to do reality shows. I watch reality shows here and there, but I don’t think I work well on reality shows,” said Brandy who has starred in two. “I think I’m too boring for reality. It’s much more fun playing somebody else.”
Her fans may disagree, but Brandy said she knows today’s reality shows highlight lots of drama, including fights, and she just doesn’t have that in her.
“I don’t even argue like some of these women on TV,” she said. “I just watched ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,’ and I was like, ‘whoa.’ It’s not that you have to compete [with other shows], but if you look at things from a business standpoint, you want to get the kind of ratings that the ‘Basketball Wives’ are getting.
“Why aren’t we getting those ratings? Your life is just too boring,” she joked. “People want to see drama. They want to see that. So, reality is not for me.”
—Tracy L. Scott