Lil Mama Calls CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story “Perfect,” Says TLC Is A “Voice Of The Youth”

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Do you have a favorite outfit that you’ve worn?
[The] “No Scrubs” [costume] is my favorite because I wear Lisa’s entire outfit–like if she wore it, I wore it, OK? Another one of my favorites is definitely, “Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip!” I live in the ’90s. [That era] is so close to my style and who I am. I love it. The big hat, you know?!

Has it been harder to connect with the character since Lisa is no longer with us?
It’s been a little more difficult not having her here. For one it’s really sad when two people walk in the room, and that third, I guess, that spirit, is just hovering over. It makes you sad. When I went to read for the role, Tionne and Chili were there and immediately when I saw them, I was like, “Wow” and then a few seconds later I was in tears. I didn’t expect to break down, but it happened. I guess the reality hit that she wasn’t going to be here.

What’s it been like to spend so much time with Tionne and Chilli?
It was very insightful to spend time with them and to hear their stories and to pretty much understand what was going on in the background of the scene.

Was it difficult at all to portray the moments toward the end of Lisa’s life?
It was difficult to find the emotion behind the action, if that makes any sense. There are many ups and downs in this story and some come in the beginning, some come in the end, some come in the middle. It was more so knowing factual information of where she was and I can’t get that from her in person, so I had to really search. And it was a challenge, it was really a challenge.

What have been some of the hardest scenes that you guys have had to film?
For me, one of the harder scenes was [Lisa] losing a parent; that’s something that I can relate to. She lost her dad at the beginning of her career and kept going, and I lost my mom near the beginning of my career and kept going. I can relate to that hurt and that pain, but it’s a hard thing to do when it’s so close. Not only are you in character, but you’re really experiencing that pain.

And how important do you think it is for this film to show their personal lives?
It’s very important to show the personal lives because there are young people who look up to not only TLC but to other celebrities as well and say, “Hey I want that, I want to be a celebrity. I want to be famous.” And with this movie you’ll be able to see what happens beyond what you see on television and the videos or in interviews that are given to you. You get to see the challenges of being exposed and being known and wanting to just be a regular person and live a normal life. I think that that is one of the biggest challenges as a celebrity, to want to still feel like a normal human being.

Was that your favorite performance to film?
My favorite performance to do is [raps] “Yo, mic, check, one two, one, two, we in the house.” “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” is my favorite song to perform. Lisa comes alive and it’s so cool. I’m so in my element when I perform that song. We perform that song and we created the video, so you’re going to be blown away.