Yahoo! Music Interview: LeToya Luckett’s Destiny Includes Serious Acting Roles

LeToya Luckett’s acting gigs are close to outnumbering her music credits. The original member of Destiny’s Child co-stars in “From the Rough,” a movie about Dr. Catana Starks, who was both the first woman and the first African-American woman to coach a men’s college golf team.

In the film, which opens on Friday and also stars Taraij Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Luckett portrays Stacey, a college student dating a player on Coach Starks’ team.

Outside of acting, she hasn’t forgotten about music. In February, she released her first single in six years.

ASCAP's 5th Annual "Women Behind The Music" SeriesYahoo Music: Michael Clarke Duncan is in “From the Rough.” His character feels like an angel. What is your take?

LeToya Luckett: Wow. That touches my heart because when you think about it he was an angel figure in this film. He was always uplifting Taraji’s character [Coach Sparks]. He was just great. I think people are going to love seeing him in this character because it’s a different side for him. He was funny. It was a joy to work with him.

How do you relate to your character, Stacey, who is a swimmer and pre-med student?

There was a shyness. Stacey’s always been very confident in her swimming and that side of things and keeping her grades up, and this is her first time falling in love. One thing that I admired about her is she kinda went for what she wanted. She wasn’t scared to approach [Eddie]. With me, I’m a shy girl all day long. I couldn’t approach a man.

Did you foresee all these opportunities in film and TV coming your way?

No. I never set out to be an actress. I went on my first audition not knowing all that I needed to know about the acting world or audition process, but ended up getting cast for my first movie role, ‘Preacher’s Kid.’ I ended up getting cast for the lead role, and had to carry a movie on my first thing out the gate. I didn’t have time to be terrified and shaking at the boots.

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LeToya Talks “From The Rough”, “Single Ladies” & Michelle Williams with MadameNoire.com

"From The Rough"

It’s always fun to talk to LeToya Luckett, and we chatted with the multi-talented beauty as she prepares for the release of her new film, From The Rough, with Taraji P. Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. The film, which actually began production in 2010, will finally be released on April 25 after those behind it figured out things with distribution. But aside from getting the 411 on her new movie, which is a true story inspired by Cassandra Turner, the first female coach of a NCAA Division I men’s golf team, we talked about Luckett being a Scandal-head (aka, a Gladiator), her excitement about the return of Single Ladies and what she thinks about folks on Twitter picking on her good friend, Michelle Williams.

ABOUT FROM THE ROUGH:

“It’s a phenomenal movie, and I’m so glad that it’s finally hitting theaters. I play a character by the name of Stacey, who is the love interest of Tom Felton’s character. I’m pretty sure you know him from Harry Potter. I think a lot of people, from his character in Harry Potter [Draco Malfoy], expect him to be this mean guy, but he’s so, so so sweet. But Tom is also one of the members of the golf team and Taraji P. Henson, she coaches the team. Basically, she was at this predominately African-American college and they decide to do a golf team, but they don’t want to put a large budget towards putting a team together and getting the players together. So she has to go international with it. So she goes to Australia, Japan, all over the world to pick her players. London, which is where she gets Tom’s character, and it just shows her struggle with developing the team. And then they were coming into this predominately black college, being from all over the world, and you know how we get down [laughs]. It’s a fun story, but it definitely sends you on this emotional roller coaster.”

WORKING WITH THE LATE MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN:

“He was like that uncle that you always wish you had. I learned a lot from watching him. He was so professional and so awesome at his craft. He was just an amazing spirit. And he would always be like, ‘You ever need anything, I got your back.’ Even though he had this huge presence, he had this soft teddy bear spirit. He was great to work with.”

HER TIME PLAYING FELICIA PRICE ON “SINGLE LADIES”:

“A lot of people think I’m this mean lady. I have people who come up to me, who didn’t know me as LeToya, and will be like, ‘Oh my God, how are you Miss Felicia? I don’t want to bother you, but can I get a picture?’ [laughs]. But it was such a great experience to play something so far from my personality.”

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VH1 Interview: LeToya Is Back On The Music Scene With “Don’t Make Me Wait”

You may know LeToya Luckett as an original member of Destiny’s Child, but she’s a multi-faceted star in her own right. The talented singer, actress and business owner joined the Single Ladies cast this season, bringing life to the fierce breed of music executives she knows all too well. In addition to playing Felicia Price, LeToya is contributing new music to the show’s third season while working on her third solo album.

We spoke with the Houston native about what it’s like to hear your music on TV, emerging as a solo artist and dancing to Pharrell.

single_ladies3_ad_cropWhat was it like to join that cast?

LeToya Luckett: It has been a great experience. I’ve enjoyed my role as Felicia. She’s so much fun to play and I’ve learned a lot myself just playing her. I’m definitely blessed to be a part of this and I’m blessed to have a network that’s supportive of my music as well. And them wanting to adopt this song “Don’t Make Me Wait” for this episode just makes me smile on the inside. I love it.

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