Singer/Actress KERI HILSON is returning to the limelight by way of a role in forthcoming film ALMOST CHRISTMAS, and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
Pivoting from songwriting to singing to acting, what is the most exciting part for you stepping into this role?
It’s fun for me because I am a student again. I love to just be a sponge and feel like I am learning and growing. Acting provides that opportunity for me.
What a great way to learn with such a fun cast. Was there anyone in particular who most impacted you?
This cast was absolutely a great cast to learn from. I have Danny Glover to my left. I have Gabrielle Union in front of me. I have Kimberly Elise to my right. Mo’Nique’s down the table. Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco … This was an incredible cast to watch and learn from. I spent a lot of my scenes with Gabrielle Union. I was able to watch her the most and interact with her on film. She’s really brilliant.
How essential are your relationships to your success?
Relationships are very important. I have to say the factor in it all is your belief in yourself that can’t waiver. It’s good when you have strong people around but things change over time. But, you can’t change your belief in yourself. The pitfalls, arguments and disagreements are sure to come. You can’t allow them to deter you or break your spirit.
What are you open to when it comes to finding a significant other?
I am no different from other women when it comes to attraction to qualities of a man. I am pretty level headed. I want someone who loves God genuinely and respects women, [is] loyal. All the same things every woman wants.
In the film, Almost Christmas, actor Danny Glover’s character was a patriarch who displayed a deep love for a woman who is no longer there. We don’t see much of that on the screen anymore. Why is it important in music and film that we illustrate, show and define this love that is often absent?
It is awesome to show a Black man as the glue. I would love to see more of this in our community.