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I don’t. I just sit in my house like, “God, again?” I probably have missed out on roles because I was a little thick thick. I probably got roles because I was thick thick. It’s funny because now butt and thighs are in. Thick thick’s in. That’s a shame I stopped eating grits [laughs]. Y’all need to make up your minds. But seriously, before I go into it let me say that there’s a difference between being obese, thick thick, thin and sick. And I think you should always be healthy for who you are. And being a female, I’ll be honest there’s always something that I don’t like. Right now it’s my arms. I love my waist and I love my hips but these arms are killing me. I’m sure [any] woman can tell me anything that’s wrong with her. And then here’s always someone criticizing you. And when you’re in Hollywood it’s 17 times more so that being said, I just have to deal with it and be me and be comfortable in my own skin. And whoever wants to talk about me in the blogs and whoever breaks up with me randomly because they thought I was dating someone or because they wanted to date me, over the comments?

The Jussie Smollett fiasco?

I am not dating Jussie Smollet! He is my best friend!

Aw, so no random love child running around either, huh?

You know what, don’t get me started on blogs because my mama reads them and she calls me, “You got a baby?” I’m like, “You are my mama and you would know if I had a baby.” And because I was thick thick, I’ve been pregnant by like three different people. I’m a good girl, so that being said it makes me angry. I don’t do anything. I sit in my house and play video games. I was going through something personally that no one will ever know and I’m not the type of person who stops eating when I’m stressed. I’m from the South, I’m made thick already and I’m happy for it. I like the way my jeans fit. I think it’s interesting when people comment on things like that or start rumors especially without asking me if it’s true or not; they just go willy nilly.

And the Internet, nowadays is like a brush fire. I don’t think people realize that in our generation and in Hollywood right now y’all are the meter of who’s hot or who’s not and you guys are sometimes commenting on things that are very hurtful or sometimes not true and even if they are true they’re sometimes hurtful things. And their mother, their children—even though I don’t have any—could be reading it, their grandparents could be reading it. And how would you feel if somebody talked about your baby like that? We’re human. It’s hurtful. And it’s sad because you can hardly get love from people like that. There’s never any love throughout. It’s always, "Well, her hair is nice but…" What happened to the love?

On a more positive note, name some directors that you want to work with.

Quentin Tarantino. I met him once at a club and he said he watched That’s So Raven. And I was like, “Really, well Quentin, let me tell you, I wrote a whole story in my head. I could be Vivica Fox’s daughter that was alive in Kill Bill.” Actually, my mama thought of that one but I’m totally stealing her idea. But him and Steven Spielberg.

What’s the importance of taking control of your career?

Only you know you. Other people can say they’ve known you forever or they know how you feel but they’re not in your skin so when you have to put your likeness out there, when you have to portray you, who best to make those decisions? But at the same time you have to be smart and know that you hired people that you can trust in to give you the best opinion to make everything work well, so from the shoes I wear to the amount I ask for in a check to my roles, I bounce it off of 10 people and at the end of the day it’s my ultimate decision but sometimes they fight me and sometimes I really want to do it but if majority of them are saying no then I don’t do it. But you always have to stay open minded but always know who you are in yourself.

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