Jill Scott is one busy mother, with ‘Why Did I Get Married Too’ opening April 2, preparations for her concert tour with Maxwell that starts in May, and her baby boy about to turn one year old. She manages ‘with a lot of help,’ she lets us know. ‘My family members have joined together to help me take care of my son while I’m working, and I have two nannies who normally travel with me.
‘He’s a little guy, but he takes a lot of energy. He’s into everything. I get exhausted, so I didn’t want just one nanny, because I knew, just like me, nannies get tired too.”
The single mom adds with a laugh, ‘I now have an entourage — and it has nothing to do with me being a vocalist or an actor.’
Besides her tour with Maxwell, she’s set to be part of Lilith Fair — and expects to keep on touring for the better part of a year at least, in support of her soon-due ‘The Light of the Sun’ album.
She was delighted to get back with her ‘Why Did I Get Married’ cast mates — who’ve all stayed in touch since the first movie — for Tyler Perry’s new sequel. Their reunion was as if no time had passed, she says, except, ‘there was a shadow, we had a shadow. Damita had had a loss and we didn’t know exactly how to deal with that,’ Scott recalls, referring to Janet Jackson, a.k.a. Damita, and the death of Michael Jackson.
Production on the movie was temporarily halted after Jackson received the bad news about her brother. When she returned, says Scott, ‘We just decided, in unison, to give her space and to respect whatever feelings she was feeling. If she wanted to be quiet, we’d step back. If she wanted to talk, we’d be there. I think she did find escape in her work. She definitely did.’
THE VIDEOLAND VIEW: Roselyn Sanchez has been busy filming the ABC pilot ‘Cutthroat’ about a Beverly Hills soccer mom who runs a family drug cartel. A homemaker with an illicit side business may sound like a familiar premise, but Sanchez tells us it’s different from ‘Weeds’ — or so she thinks.<P>’I love Mary-Louise Parker, but I’m not actually very familiar with ‘Weeds.’ I’ve heard it’s similar but their show is cable so they are able to push the envelope more. We’re aiming to make it something more comedic and relatable. This is about an amazing mother but she’s forced to take over her family’s business and she doesn’t want to,’ explains Sanchez. ‘I’m really excited about the show. It was the only pilot that had a female lead that was Latina so I was really happy when I got it.’
When not filming, Sanchez and her husband Eric Winter have been very involved in several charity organizations. Not only are they both spokespeople for Operation Smile, but she also recently hosted a triathlon in her home of Puerto Rico, which raised money for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation. ‘I wanted to do something that involved fitness and health but also raised money. It’s definitely become the biggest athletic event in Puerto Rico and it’s something we want to continue to do every March,’ says Sanchez, who flew out fellow celebrities Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo, Kellan Lutz, and Annalynne McCord to participate. ‘It was tricky fitting in the training with work and the swim part was especially hard. I told the producers they better have an IV waiting for me at the end.’ Luckily she finished with flying colors!
INNOVATION NATION: Marlee Matlin Tweeted this week that if she can’t get conventional networks interested in her documentary/reality show about a 15-year-old hearing teenager and his deaf parents and siblings, she’s going to take it straight to the web. She plans to launch the pilot on YouTube next week. ‘Watch for it,’ she says. Matlin also is giving a presentation at Google headquarters on Tuesday (3/30) she reports, regarding putting captioning on YouTube. Go, Marlee, go! Some people talk, and some people get things done.
ON A MUSICAL NOTE: Mary Lynn Rajskub, who stars in Fox’s ’24,’ is busy these days working full-time and being a mom, but the actress/comedian tells us one of the most relaxing things she gets to do is play the guitar from time to time. In fact, she and writer Karen Kilgariff used to be a part of a comedy singing/guitar duo and while they no longer perform together, Rajskub says she’s grateful she learned how to play. ‘If it weren’t for Karen, I wouldn’t have done that at all. I can barely play, but there’s something so cool and sweet about singing along with somebody. You feel like you’re expressing something but you’re doing it together,’ notes Rajskub of the experience. ‘I was terrified to do it but it’s such a cool release. You get to mix storytelling with song. If you get a chance, learn a couple of chords and get with your friends and play a little music for fun.’
BEAUTY LIVES: Talk about a glamorous assignment. Dior is preparing a huge new campaign encompassing the entire brand, to be seen on networks, cable, internet and here and around the globe Casting forces have been on the lookout for look-alikes for Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly and Lady Diana — as each icon appeared in her prime — for the campaign.
With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster