Singer?Actress/Model SERAPH portrays TIANA BROWN on FOX drama, EMPIRE, and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
What was life like before the show?
Life was really hard. It was a struggle. To be honest, I didn’t even have a place to stay when I was auditioning for “Empire.” Literally, after we shot the first couple of episodes, I took my first check, and finally was able to rent an apartment. But that was my journey. I was going to school, and I was working at H&M, and it was a grind. But I truly feel that when you’re at your lowest, that’s when God can truly come in and bless you.
How did you tell your job that you were quitting to work on a TV show?
I wish I had that humility, but to be honest, I just never went back. After I got called back for that second audition, I said to myself that I was just going to step out on faith, and I didn’t go back to work.
Now you mentioned how you got an apartment with your first check. What else was on that initial list of things that you had to buy?
Well, maybe a couple checks later is when I got a car, but that’s about it. I’ve really been focused on saving. I haven’t been making big purchases like that, and I still shop at H&M.
With all this celebrity happening so fast, what are some of the things that you have been guarding against?
As it relates to fame coming fast, I think one of the things that I am the most mindful of is paying attention to my money, and the people that I have around me. That affects a lot.
There ís always a party, always an event, and always somewhere that people want you to be to hang out. Is it hard to stay focused on the craft with all of these cool things that are now at your disposal?
You know, it’s not that hard for me because I’m a homebody. I’d much rather be at home, or doing something chill with my friends than being at a party. But I think that the balance comes from me just reminding myself to stay on my daily goals. And also, my mom does a great job at keeping me focused on the big picture.
How important is it for people to be able to distinguish the difference between Serayah and Tiana Brown?
That’s like one of the most important things to me, as it relates to me and my character. When the show first came out, people would see me and say, “Oh my God, it’s Tiana.” But now it’s changed as they come up and say, “Aren’t you Serayah?” You don’t understand how much that means to me, because I want my music to be taken seriously as Serayah … and I want other projects to be taken seriously as Serayah. I know that Tiana is such a big character to me because it’s my first, but I also want them to see that there’s so much more to me other than this character.