Accomplished actress Naturi Naughton is happy to be working alongside 50 Cent in the anticipated new series "Power." Discussing the upcoming series, and a few other roles she has coming up in a recent interview, Naughton also opened up about parting ways with 3LW, her thoughts on the music industry and whether or not she'd consider doing a solo album.
"I was working for about three years on the show Hairspray on Broadway, which helped me transition into acting because it's musical theater, where I'm singing and dancing and acting and learning how to think on my feet. When I booked Hairspray I really didn't have a support system other than my family and friends. So after 3LW, doing Hairspray really launched me into a position in New York where I was getting recognized and then got an agent. And then I booked Notorious as well, while I was doing the show," Naughton shared with Shadow & Act. "I just feel really blessed because it's not easy to do what I've done. There's a lot of people who would love to be able to have a balance of both. But it wasn't easy. For my first role, I had to audition five times. I've gotten a lot of no’s and rejections. But I just had to keep working hard. I took classes, I worked on my craft and continued to work with an acting coach and just didn't give up on myself."
When asked about going solo and cutting her own album, Naughton went on to say "I would love to."
"I still get a chance to dabble in the studio. In Power, I recorded a song and I'm singing in one of the episodes later in the season. 50 Cent and Courtney Kemp Agboh, our showrunner, were really supportive of using my voice and letting me use both of my talents. I'm not a huge fan of the way the music business is right now, so I'm not jumping at that. I enjoy singing in projects but I'm just taking my time. If I am doing music it's got to be right," said Naughton. "I want to do music that matters to me, that’s relevant to people who are in my age group, 20s and 30s. I would probably be very R&B, like Alicia Keys mixed with stuff that Beyonce does mixed with old-school. I love Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and The Supremes, because I'm kind of old-school at heart. Whether it's popular or not is up to the people, but if it's good music at least that's something I can be proud of."
As for the upcoming series "Power," which premieres this Summer via Starz, Naturi Naughton says it's been great working with co-star Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane, For Colored Girls).
"He's a big brother to me on set in a way, even though he plays my husband. We trust each other and tell each other like it is. Having him as a partner as the power couple of the show has been amazing," said Naughton, who plays "Tasha St. Patrick."
"She really is Ghost's sidekick, the other half of Bonnie and Clyde. She came up from the streets, grew up in Queens, and had a rough life. She had desires to be a singer but those desires got cut short because she was pregnant at 19 with Ghost's (Omari Hardwick) child," said Naughton. "He's trying to choose between going legit and staying in the drug game, and she’s pretty much the woman who's like look, we've built this empire together, I'll ride with you to the end. She'll throw the gun away, she'll tell you how to dump the body. She's an edgy character and not afraid to do whatever it takes to keep the family together."
"Power" premieres this Summer on Starz.