Pandora's Box: Mashonda Interviews Olivia Longett [Pg. 2]
How were you approached and what was the number one reason you did Love and Hip-Hop?
As for Love and Hip-Hop, Mona Scott-Young approached me about that. It was originally supposed to be me, you, Chrissy Lampkin and Misa Hylton. From that I thought wow what a dope cast of strong black women; we can be the urban Sex and the City or new Girlfriends. In speaking to my manager we thought it would be a great way for people to get to know me. People never really knew me. I was the little girl at J Records and then the girl with the guys at the Unit. I never really got to be me so this was a platform for that. As long as my music was showcased on the show, I was okay with putting my life in front of the camera. Music is a big part of my day-to-day and anything else wouldn’t be a true representation or portrayal of my life.
Did you think the show would be filled with so many intense arguments between the cast members? Do you think you are being portrayed the way you wanted to be?
There seems to be a lot of arguments but the reality is we knew what we were getting ourselves into. Am I upset about some things? Absolutely, but in the end I think the platform was something I needed. I think we all need to take advantage of the platform we have been given and maybe take our dreams and aspirations to the next level.
Out of the eight episodes that we saw, which one disturbs you the most?
Only the first three episodes had me really annoyed. I won’t drag this out like the show did but lying about a guy is crazy and there is no need for it. I’ve never had a problem in the guy department whether high profile or normal. I don’t need a “look." I have no clue what the motives were in that episode and I don’t even care so with that we are moving right along [Laughs].
What’s trickier: Dating a rapper or an athlete? Why?
Both are pretty tricky but then we have to keep in mind a guy is going to be a guy no matter who he is. You have to be super secure in yourself to date either and put up with a lot of mess, more than what one person should have to. In the end you should be with someone who treats you good, loves and cherishes the time you are together. If you don’t get that then move on asap cause he is more than likely doing some nonsense he has no business doing
Tell me about your record “December.” It’s so beautiful and passionate. Is it about Darrelle Revis?
I loved that song from day one. My manager Rich brought the record to me and said Ed Woods had sent it for me from his writers/producers the Awweyeaz. I took a listen and loved it. The funny thing is the record was cut last year before we even knew about the Darrelle fiasco so I can honestly say it wasn’t about him. The record touches home with everyone. Nine out of ten times a guy will tell you what you want to hear and then tell the neighbor the same thing and in the process deny you for personal gain. December is just the month we chose but this happens all year.
Season two of Love and Hip-Hop?
I think I’ve learned a lot from this past season, but my story isn’t fully told yet so with that I would definitely have that added incentive to close out some loose ends and story lines.
What’s next for Olivia?
Giving the world great music. Finally getting a chance to do it my way and hopefully some brand marketing. Be on the look out for some brand marketing stuff from me. I would also love to get into acting. I did a few things and we are hoping that it translates into some feature film opportunities.