Maliah Michel On Finding Drake's Love, Their First Kiss (Pg. 2)
Was he physically abusive toward you?
No, that’s one thing that he didn’t do. He was a boxer, too. But he never, never hit me.
How old were you at the time?
I was about twenty-two … living in my truck after I left my fiance. My life was basically the church and my two dogs. I lived in church literally, two-thirds of the day
When did you transition into music videos?
A director who I met, Derrick White, was trying to get met to do videos for a while and I finally just said yes one day. He casted me in the Ying Yang Twins feat. Mike Jones “Bad” video. After that Sean Cummings who was working for Smooth said he wanted to shoot me. Then everything started rolling along. King hit me up after that and gave me my first feature. But it took me a while to get my name out there.
Well, you certainly have made a name for yourself. Recently, your part in Drake’s “Find Your Love” really caught people’s attention. How’d you link with Aubrey?
Drake had actually come to the club where I work at in Houston called Dreams. I think that’s where he first saw me. I didn’t even get to speak to him that night and like a week later everybody started telling me Drake shouted me out in a song. I thought that it was so cool because I hadn’t even talked to him before. I mean, obviously he saw something he liked [laughs].
So prior to Drake name dropping you on “Miss Me”, you guys never even shared a conversation?
Yup, I was so flattered, too —especially with me being used to the strip club environment, where guys are always just… thirsty and on you. This guy didn’t even say anything but gave me props on a song.
Were you immediately attracted to him?
Who doesn’t think Drake is cute? [Laughs] But I don’t really listen to a lot of music or watch TV, and instantly I loved his music. Yea so…
You weren’t just a little jealous of Drake confessing his love for Nicki Minaj on the same song?
I love Nicki Minaj, too! [Laughs] who doesn’t?
Well, so how did you end up starring in “Find Your Love”?
A friend of his Jazz Prince, J.Prince’s son, called me and told me that his artist wanted me to come to Jamaica to shoot this video. At the time I didn’t know it was Drake, so I was like “Oh by the way, can you tell Drake thanks for the shout out?” And right after that he told me he called me back. So later on that night Drake called me directly and told me that he was the one shooting the video and how he wanted me for the lead part. I got to admit I was really geeked and could barely talk.
You were starstruck?
I was all groupied out [Laughs]… all smiles.
What were your first thoughts of him after that first phone call?
My first thoughts were that he was just so humble and respectful. It was almost weird, I didn’t expect him to be like that… even now that I know him a little better he’s just really a down to earth guy. He can have his moments but he’s really a good guy and I felt that way since the first time I talked to him.
How was it working with Drake on a professional level?
He’s very easy to work with. Out of all my shoots, “Find Your Love” was definitely the most memorable. Drake is very at tentative and he catered to me, doing everything he could to make me feel comfortable. He just was giving me pointers and everything.
Yea, your onscreen chemistry seems so natural, almost like you guys really are a couple…
It was so funny because when we were shooting the beach scene. The director, Anthony Mandler, was like “Come on, come on! You got to make me feel this!” And we had never kissed or anything before, so I just went for it and kissed him! And we started kissing for real and everybody just started cheering.
So are you dating Drake?
Um… Drake and I are good friends, and we like hanging out… having fun together. That’s all that anyone needs to know at this point.
But it’s safe to say that you guys stay in constant contact with each other, right?
Um.. yea we’re close friends.
He seems to have his mom around a lot. Have you met her yet?
[Giggles] oh lord…
I mean she’s a huge part of his life, you must have bumped into momma Drake somewhere…
Yea, she’s amazing… a really beautiful person. His mother really gave me a whole other opinion of him, even though my opinion was very high. He’s just amazing as far the respect level and his mother helped me to see that it wasn’t an act. That’s all I’ll say.
Do you think he’ll sell a million in one week?
I think he can do it. Thank Me Later is one of those CD’s were you can listen to without skipping a song. Drake has a different flavor to him.
Are you guys planning on doing anything special in celebration?
[Giggles] Um.. no, I’m just chilling and he’s busy. Nice try!