Naturi Naughton Acts Up: From Naughty Lil’ Kim To Good Girl in ‘Lottery Ticket’

After being best known in film as hip hop bad girl Lil’ Kim in 2009’s Notorious, actress Naturi Naughton is switching up gears and going goody two shoes for her next role on the big screen.

The movie Lottery Ticket which hits theaters August 20th stars Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson and Bow Wow, who portrays a guy from the projects whose life changes dramatically after he wins the lottery.  In the film Naughton plays “good girl from around the way” Stacy, and the 26-year old former member of 3LW adds that while her character may not be flashy, she’s the type of girl that ‘should’ be every guy’s dream.

 “You know, when you’re growing up and the guys go after the hot girls with hot pants but the girl for them is right under you nose their entire time? That’s who Stacy is,” says Naughton of the film that was shot on location in Atlanta. But New Jersey native admits there’s more to her character than meets to eye. And she even hints to a surprise story twist in the film. “Me and Bow Wow’s characters are best friends and we have a unique relationship. You’ll have to see how that develops in the movie.”

Naughton, whose previous films include Cash and Fame appears to be on the acting fast track these days. Look for her to costar next in the gritty independent drama, Highland Park opposite Danny Glover and Kimberly Elise. —Ronke Idowu Reeves