Two years after the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the new movie titled Bobbi Kristina will make its debut on October 8th on TV One. The made for-TV biopic follows the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child and her struggles with living in her mother’s shadow.
Last week Latoya Heyward and other media outlets spoke with the cast of the new biopic (via teleconference), and got an inside look of what it was like being a part of this film.
Trailer Link: https://youtu.be/qtOkelkcaJ0
Tosha Whitten-Griggs (Commentator): This question is for all of the cast members. What was it like making this film?
Joy Rovaris (Bobbi Kristina): It was amazing. Bobbi Kristina story was certainly a tragic and my focus was truly into telling her story. I wanted to ensure I was accurately portraying everything about her, including her sense of humor. I made sure I learned her, and watch every interview she did to prepare for this role.
Demetria McKinney (Whitney Houston): This role was like a dream come true for me. Whitney Houston was someone who I’ve always wanted to play. After being homeless and molested, her music is what got me through a dark space. So I certainly prepared for this role and connected with the person on so many levels.
Vivica A. Fox (Pat Houston): Playing the role of Aunt Pat allowed me to find layers and new discoveries. I think I can speak for all of the actors in this film by saying we were very careful in our approach with these roles. We wanted to tell the story, but understood the sensitivity surrounding it. We also made sure we were respectful to the family and its legacy.
Nadji Jeter (Nick Gordon): The role of Nick was an intense role to get into. It was interesting because of how he came off to people compared to the soft spot that Krissy had for him. I think I did a good job at conveying each side. The most challenging part was the fight scene between Krissy and Nick.
Media: I know there was some backlash against the network, and the family not supporting the film. How are you handling all of this?
Tosha: The network has released a public statement which reads as follows:
“We are aware of the reported legal challenge by Bobby Brown regarding the film Bobbi Kristina and are taking appropriate steps on behalf of our network to respond. While we are not able to address our legal response at this time, we stand by the film and its representation of this period in Bobbi Kristina’s life.”
Media: Why was it important to tell her story?
Ty Hodges (Director): I grew up in this industry and being attached to the fame can become dehumanizing. I was super nervous and realized I had to be sensitive. I know that coming from the acting role to now directing, I was prepared to dissect and share the story the right way. I wanted to do this for the youth, because content isn’t directed to our evolution and growth often times. I want young people to walk away from this film with a sense of self-worth.
Tosha: Is there anyone else who wants to share what they want the audience to take away from this film?
Vivica: What I want viewers to take away is a better understanding of who this girl was. The young woman we tragically lost. After watching the film, I hope you can embrace us as actors who love and respect the Houston Family and admire their legacy. This film will definitely take you down memory lane and what to do if you get lost in any relationship.
Joy: After watching this film you would recognize Krissy fight. I want the viewers to learn that you are enough. It still amazes me how much she loved her mother. It actually made me and my mom closer.
Media: How were you able to write this story?
Rhonda Baraka (Writer): My focus wasn’t on stories that was already out there on blogs about Bobbi Kristina. I wanted to uncover the things that people didn’t know; things that only her friends knew about her. I spent numerous hours on the phone with her friends to listen to their stories and moments that they shared with Krissy. I wasn’t interested in the things that was already out there about her. I wanted to share the human side of her story and focus on what felt good; the energy.
Media: What was something different that you learned from this film?
Hassan Johnson (Bobby Brown): I learned the similarities between her and her mother and the love. Like Krissy really loved her mother. I was amazed and even questioned my relationship with my own mother. She really wanted to carry her mother’s legacy and everything that she wanted for herself, she wanted for everyone. I know that everyone who watches this film will be touched as we all was; as this story serves as a testimony for others out there like her.
Make sure to check out the film on TV One Oct 8, 2017 @7p.m. EST.