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.”

ON BEING SAD ABOUT THE SHOW’S CANCELLATION AND HAPPY ABOUT ITS RETURN:

“Of course I was, especially since it had this huge following that I wasn’t even aware of. But they [fans] are serious about their Single Ladies. I’m glad to know, especially for the fans of the show, that it is coming back, moreso for them than for any of us. I’m just glad that they started a petition and all kinds of stuff. It’s because of them that it’s coming back. It’s very nice to see people passionate about something [laughs]. That’s what excited me. Got me all riled up like “YEAH!” [laughs] It’s beautiful for them, that they get to have their show back. Folks were going off for that show, honey.”

IF SHE’LL BE BACK NEXT SEASON:

“We shall see. I think that she was such a big personality on this season and I think that everybody loved to hate her. I’m pretty sure they’ll want to see what Felicia is up to for next season.”

BEING A SCANDAL LOVER:

“I still love it! I think they’ve done a wonderful job, especially with working around Kerry’s ‘wonderful moment’ that she has coming up soon if you know what I mean [laughs]. I’m happy with what they did with that, and how they’re kind of making the storyline work around other characters. They just have all these wow moments with the other characters and it’s giving them their time to shine. Instead of just being based on one thing or one storyline, and not to say that it has been like that, but I just love how it’s really helping to develop the other characters as well.”

WHAT SHE THINKS OF PEOPLE PICKING ON HER FRIEND, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, ON TWITTER:

“People are…[breathes deeply], especially in social media now…I didn’t know about the hashtag, but now I do and I’m like, ‘Wow. Gross.’ People have to realize that these are people’s feelings and Michelle is such a beautiful person. When people create stuff like that about other people, I kind of want to come and sit on somebody else’s desk while they’re at work and point out things about them. Or come to their front door and just say nasty things. I don’t understand how people think that’s okay. Do unto others as you want done to yourself. This is somebody’s daughter. This is somebody’s sister. You don’t do that to people. That’s not nice. You wouldn’t want it done to yourself. You don’t want people coming out poking and picking at your insecurities and your flaws. And I’m pretty sure half of the world wishes they could be in Destiny’s Child and have had the experiences that she had. Of course, if she was the one answering the question, she would be like, ‘Girl, I don’t care.’ But as her friend, I’m like ‘Uh uh, don’t you do it. Don’t you come for her.’ So I just wish some people would really take time before they click on that comment and start rambling about someone they do not know. Think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. And I think with social media, people feel like they can come right to your front door and spit in your face at times. I don’t think the Twitters of the world, Facebooks of the world, and Instagrams of the world were created for such disgusting moments like that. And I think we as people are turning it into that, and that’s not cool.”

“From The Rough” hits theaters April 25th!

"From The Rough" Poster

“From The Rough” Hits Theaters On April 25th!

"From The Rough" Poster

From The Rough is finally headed to theaters on April 25th! 

The film stars  Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tom Felton, and is the inspirational true story of Coach Catana Starks, who became the first woman ever to coach an all-men’s team at the collegiate levelThrough grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice from all corners to guide a rag-tag group of golfers to an all-time record championship season. From the Rough celebrates this remarkable woman’s triumph against overwhelming odds.

It’s a great story about the first African-American coach to teach a golf team, and it tells her truth and everything she went through to put the team together when nobody believed in her. It’s a great film! – LeToya

LeToya Luckett Box To Press Interview

LeToya recently spoke with Donal Ware of From the Press Box to Press Row on XM radio, and discussed her growing acting career, working with Taraji P. Henson (From the Rough), her new film Note To Self, and shared a few details about her upcoming album. Listen to the full interview below!

“From The Rough” Still On Hold

Yesterday “From The Rough” director Pierre Bagley called into the The Steve Harvey Morning Showto talk about how the film’s release is still on hold, and how he still hasn’t been given an explanation as to why the film needs to be “broadened” or what that even means. Listen to the interview below, and then check out the movie trailer. Please help spread the word about “From The Rough” so we can get more support for this great film and finally get it released into theaters!

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“From The Rough” Release Put On Hold

Journalist Rowland Martin recently spoke with “From The Rough” director Pierre Bagley about why the movie has yet to be released.  It was originally scheduled to be released on February 3rd, but according to Bagley, an unexpected snag has come up from a very unexpected person who says the film needs to be “broadened.” Check out the interview below.

TomFeltonEU, a Tom Felton fansite, started an online petition. You can sign it here.

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