I’ve never been in the presence of person who has screamed so loudly that I thought someone might call the police, but that’s exactly what happened when La La Vasquez walked into our interview here at the VH1 offices and spotted a billboard for her show out the window, smack in the middle of Times Square. The woman lost her mind for about thirty seconds (in an adorable way, not one that actually required the police). La La had no idea her face would be on a giant billboard, and she probably had no idea that three million viewers would tune in to the premiere of her show, La La’s Full Court Life last week, so she has a lot of reasons to be so excited. And, thanks to the MTV VMA’s, she has one more reason, thanks to Beyonce.
Did you watch the VMAs last night?
Any favorite moments? Beyonce?
Yeah, that was the biggest moment, Beyonce announcing she’s pregnant, it was like hearing your sister say she was pregnant. Everyone was so happy about that, as am I, I am overwhelmed with happiness for them. I think Chris Brown‘s performance was amazing, the flying through the air was just crazy, the Amy Winehouse tribute was wonderful — I thought the show from start to finish was just so well done.
I know you’ve been traveling a lot, but you were in New York for the hurricane, right?
Yes, I was like, what are the chances? I’ve been gone most of the summer and the weekend I come back is the weekend of the hurricane. But I enjoyed spending that much time with my husband, we had a good time just hanging out, watching movies and stuff, but more importantly, we were concerned about people being safe.
What have you been up to this summer?
I’ve been really busy promoting the show, and we also just wrapped Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, Steve Harvey‘s book that’s being turned into a movie, and then I’m gearing up for my theater debut in Love, Loss, And What I Wore, opening night is October 5th, so everything is kind of coming really fast but it’s all good stuff and I’m really happy.
Are you excited to really get into the acting?
Yes! That’s really what my goal is now. Getting into the acting, the producing, to be able to be in a movie like Act Like A Lady is such a great experience for me, and then theater, you can’t fake with theater, I think it’s gonna be great for people to see me do my thing and see what I’m capable of in the acting space.
I watched your Funny Or Die video too, that’s a departure from just about anything you’ve done.
Yeah, Funny Or Die is a chance for you to just let your hair down and have a good time, and either you’re gonna go for it or you’re not, and it’s way more funny when you go for it. I definitely laid it all on the line and went for it and the response has been amazing, people seem to really like it and it was definitely fun.
What do you draw the line on what you want people to see on your show? Are there things you ever don’t want to feature?
I draw the line when it comes to my son. I never want my son to feel uncomfortable or be put in an awkward situation, so if he’s not in the mood, I don’t want him to feel pressured to film. That’s where I draw the line. Everything else is fair game because you know what you’re signing up for when you decide to do reality television. So if you’re going to be monitoring the cameras and you’re on and off when it’s convenient for you, you probably shouldn’t be doing reality TV.
There is an upcoming episode that features your son getting upset with the cameras, and you handled that by turning the cameras off. What was your mindset as that was happening?
My mindset was that my son was upset and as a mom, I wanted him to feel better and do what was needed to make him feel better and the cameras were upsetting him, so at that time we had to turn them off.
I saw a newspaper article about you from earlier this year, and they actually published the address of the building you live in. Is that something that crosses a line for you, or do you think people will find out anyway?
You know, I feel like people are going to find out anyway. I don’t like it, but it comes with the territory, people are going to find out, and as long as they’re going to be respectful, which they have been up to this point, I’m fine with it.
The show features a few of your friends who are lesbians, do you think you’ll become an icon to the gay community for featuring them so prominently? You don’t try to be political about it but you’re definitely not shying away from showing them and putting a positive light on them.
No, I’m not political about it, my cousin [Dice] is one of the most important people in my life, and my best friend Po is as well, and I’m accepting of their lifestyle and it’s important for people to see that on the show and it’s something that people can relate to. There are other young women trying to figure out who they are and they’re scared to tell their family or friends because they don’t know how they’re going to react, and when you see Dice dealing with those same issues and standing up and saying “This is who I am, accept it or not,” it’s an important message. And then you have Po, who is so okay and out there with who she is, people need to see that too, because here’s a person who’s confident in it, and living it and loving it. I didn’t plan it this way, these are just the people that are in my life.
Do you ever face criticism for showing them?
I see the criticism that my cousin Dice gets and I know how hurtful it is, and I live through it with her which is why it was important to put this message out on TV so people can see that even in this day and age where America has become so accepting of people’s lifestyles, it’s still hard and it’s still not accepted by everybody.
I support it, I support everyone, gay, bisexual, transgender, lesbian, I support it in any way I can. The person closest to me is a lesbian and I would never turn my back on that community.
What do you think is the biggest difference between your show and Basketball Wives?
My take on Basketball Wives is that it is an entertaining show and I watch it, my friends watch it, we enjoy it. My show provides a different side of what a basketball wife is and it’s a balance. One isn’t better than the other, and I think you can be attracted to that show and you can be attracted to my show, I think it’s good that VH1 is showing all different sides of what it is to be a basketball wife. Nothing but props to them and their show because it’s a wonderfully entertaining show.
The women on that show talk about the bond between basketball wives, do you have that with other wives in the league?
Absolutely. I have my group of friends that I hang out with and that I’m close with, Vanessa Bryant, Khloe Kardashian, Tawanna Iverson, Savanna Brinson, you know, I have my group of friends in that world just like anybody else in school, you have your clique of friends, those are the people you hang out with in the basketball world and we all have things we can relate to, having guys on the road and things that come with that, there is a common thread there, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to hang out with all of them just because of that.
How is this new show different from Full Court Wedding?
This show picks up where the wedding left off and it shows a woman juggling being a mom and her career and having friends and being a wife as well — women have been doing it for years and it just showcases how a person can do all that. It also shows the bond between successful women supporting each other and I think that’s necessary to put out there. You do see Melo here and there, but his focus is obviously basketball and the Knicks, but you do get to see him, so his fans get this behind the scenes look and what happened when he was traded to the Knicks.
Is life any less stressful now that you’re not planning a wedding?
The wedding wasn’t that stressful for me because that’s not my personality, I’m not like, a bridezilla but for me, life is good now. We’re here in New York, we’ve found a place to live and everything’s starting to fall into place. When we first got here, it happened so quickly, we had to pick up and move in a matter of hours, so it was very overwhelming and the show captures a lot of that but now I feel like things are settling in.
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