It was quite hard, although I switched roles with my assistant,
answering the phone, etc., so I could get the feel of being an
assistant. I would assist him, which I don’t think I did too good of a
Did working on this movie give you a better appreciation of fashion?
Definitely! I’m more into fashion now, because [the characters’] level
of it is exciting and more interesting, and made me want to experiment
with my style.
Which of the film’s four lead characters could you relate to the most?
I’d say Charlotte [played by Davis], because she’s the wholesome, traditional girl, and that’s more like me.
There’s been a lot of secrecy surrounding the picture’s plot. Did friends pester you to find out what’s going to happen?
Everyone did — I had to duck and dodge everybody. So I would just tell
them, “If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll be a fan of the movie,
because it’s true to the series. Wait on it. It’s coming.”
Were you a guest at the wedding of your “Dreamgirls” co-star Beyoncé to Jay-Z?
Is that true? Did she really get married? If so, I’m going to have to
send her a gift. Beyoncé’s an extremely private person, and I respect
Do you have any plans to get married?
No, I’m too young to get married.
There seems to be a lot of it going around lately.
And having babies, too. I’m going to wait on that.
What other movies are you working on?
I just finished “The Secret Life of Bees” [based on author Sue Monk
Kidd’s bestselling 2002 novel] in the past two months. That’ll be out
on Oct. 17. And “Winged Creatures,” which I’m not sure when it’s gong
to be released. I don’t have any other roles lined up right now, but
we’re working on that.
Meanwhile, I’m trying to focus on finishing the album, which comes out Sept. 30.
Why has it taken you so long to release your debut CD? Is the process of making an album different from what you expected?
I didn’t know what to expect. Everything is so new to me. Alicia Keys talked to me about it and told me not to worry, because it took her at least a year to record her first album.
Who did you like on “American Idol” this season?
[Runner-up] David Archuleta was my favorite.
When you were on the show, judge Simon Cowell once said to you, “I think you’re out of your depth in this competition.” Have you heard from him?
I haven’t heard from Simon since he apologized to me on “Oprah.”
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