Vixen Chat: Katlynn Simone Talks 'The Game' and Her Music Career [Video]
If you're a fan of The Game we're sure you have opinions on Jason and Kelly’s daughter, Brit Brat. During the show's hiatus, Brittany drastically changed into a much older and more disrespectful character. "A lot of people think she’s just a bratty kid but she’s got a back story and you’ll see that this season," Katlynn Simone says about her characters development this season.
Unlike her fictional self, Katlynn and her relationship with her co-stars is quite the opposite, "I'm just so blessed and honored to work with [Brandy]. I never thought I’d be working with someone I grew up with." The humble and multi talented 18 year old is excited for this upcoming season now that her musical and acting abilities are getting more shine. If you remember earlier this year, the actress debuted her second single, "Beautiful Lie" during her shows episode. VIBE Vixen caught up with the emerging star and asked what it's like working on The Game, her budding music career, and how she manages everything at only 18 years old.
What's your relationship like with Coby [Bell], I know you two don't get along on-screen?
It's like your uncle your friends with but he's also protective of me. On set people will ask how old I am and he will say 14—I'm not 14—but he just has this age that he met me at and he doesn't think that I've grown since then. He thinks I'm 14 years-old permanently. He's very protective, very fun to work with, and very helpful. I learn from him every single time I work with him.
I know Brittany [Daniel]'s back on for next season.
Yeah we have a lot of surprises this season and a lot of people will be surprised about that.
Will we see more of Brit Brat's personal struggles?
Yeah we haven’t really gotten [a chance] to go inside Brittany’s story but I think a lot of people will see that it’s relatable and they’ll try to feel bad for her this season. A lot of people think she’s just a bratty kid but she’s got a back story and you’ll see that this season.
How similar or different are you from your character?
I like to think I’m very different [laughs]. My family is very stable and happy. My parents are together and I don’t have any of those issues. Brittany has to deal with her dad being famous. Fame we know can tear a lot of people down and I don’t have any of those issues now and I hope I will be a little more humble than she is.
How supportive is your family.
They’re really supportive. I started this at the age of 10 so any ten year old in the business has to have a really supportive family. Now I just moved to California and my parents are supporting me still, their actually still in Houston. It’s hard not having them around because I’m used to them being there every single time but they’ve always been a major part of my life.
How do you balance school and work?
It’s very difficult, I don’t want to lie and say that it’s easy but I just take it and try to get everything that I can. Prioritize and that’s where my family comes in because they help me keep a schedule. That’s really what helps me out, my family.
You have an amazing voice, which I did not know. What made you do acting first or is that something that just happened?
It kind of just happened because I believe I was begging my parents for vocal lessons every single Christmas and birthday. I got into that, I was going a little vocal studio out here in Houston and that was what I was really concentrating on but I was very shy. So my mom asked around because she thought some stage work would open me up and I started doing work at some local theaters out here and I found out that I loved that as well. It’s so different from music but at the same time so alike. It helped me out and I just fell in love, I went out on auditions and I ended up getting The Game and that took off and people know didn’t that I was a singer. I think it was my voice that got me the role. Robi Reed heard me sing and that kind of stood me out from all the other people auditioning.
How it is working with Brandy? Do you ever talk to her about singing?
Yes, Brandy is amazing. We were on set and she started singing a song and I started a harmony under my breath and she went crazy. It’s just so amazing because I remember growing up watching Cinderella on repeat—I'll make her sing the songs from Cinderella on set. I feel like it's unreal when she starts singing, it's just like the movie, her voice is phenomenal. I'm just so blessed and honored to work with her. I never thought I’d be working with someone I grew up with.
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I know your music is on the soundtrack for some episodes. Will we hear you sing during the season?
I’m actually in the dark. We get our scripts every single week so I don't know what’s coming up yet but that would be really, really cool. I know their always open for me sharing my music on the soundtrack but we’ll have to see if Brittany has music in her. I don’t know about that.
How was it the first time you heard your music on TV?
It was crazy. I think it’s crazier than making a music video because watching these people act with my song in the background and it fit so well, I don’t know. I guess just watching the show it’s just amazing to hear my voice in the background.
Which one is more surreal?
The first time I saw my face on there I couldn’t believe it was real but I have to say hearing that song in the background was probably more crazy for me.
Do you see yourself stepping aside from acting and just focusing solely on your music career?
It’s really important to prioritize and you can’t do both full force so there would be a time I would have to take a little bit of a break and go easy on one. I think that may be a possibility if I’m putting together my album or on tour, I might not be able to go and do a show at that same time. It’s a possibility but I hope I’m able to do both as much as I can.
Was your debut single “Let Me Go” inspired by an ex?
Yes it was, my second single was inspired by that—it not necessarily my exes, I talk to my friends all the time and they inspire my writing. Whenever I go into the studio I tell the producers my stories that happen and try to contribute that. So it’s either one of my exes or one of my friends exes. It’s all girl talk that made it happen.
What can we expect from them?
I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m really excited about these next tracks I’m about to release. People are going to want to dance to them. I think people are going to love it. Next I have a track that I think people may even cry about because it’s really amazing. We also wrote it about some real life experiences, very relateable. I can’t wait to get those to you as well.
Are you going to do an EP first or go straight to album?
Yeah, we’re going to do an EP first and you can expect to have that out by January. I’m so excited because people have been asking about it since they heard me on The Game. I got more word out that I’m singing and people have been asking for the EP. Their kind of upset they have to wait until January. I’m trying to make it as perfect as possible because it’s my first singing project so I want people to really know who I am and we’re I’m coming from.
If you could work with any one celebrity, who would that be?
Musically, I really want to work with Kendrick Lamar. I really love what he has to say, the message, and we’re he’s coming from. It seems like he really wants it. As far as acting goes, one of my favorite actors of all time is Robert Downey Jr. I think he’s one of the best out.
What’s your personal style?
My mother likes to say sometimes I dress homeless because I love big sweaters, boots, hats; I’m a hat girl. I wear them as much as possible. I’m laid back so any big or grungy sweater. You won’t catch me with anything without a heel because I’m really short. I’m like 5’1”-2”.
Aww you’re really little, what are two other interesting facts people would be surprised to learn about you?
I’m part Hawaiian and Portuguese. I love to cook, I bake and cook all the time. If I wasn’t going for music or acting, I would become a chef.
With all that cooking, how do you stay in shape?
My dad is addicted to the gym so he would not let his children be out of shape. I’m very blessed to have a family that started us off with healthy eating and staying in shape, it’s just been apart of our lifestyle.
As far as relationships are you single or taken?
I’m single, having a relationship in this business is stressful, you don’t have time for it, you have to focus on a person and your career and right now I’m really trying to focus all the way on my career, I want to give people the music that represents me and to be able to give my all in every single film or show I’m working on so it’d be unfair to whatever guy I’d be talking to at the time.
What qualities in a man do you like?
I like a man who has his own dreams and goals and he wants to express them. Anybody with that ability to know what they want is attractive to me. Even my friends, I like to hang around people who know what they want and are going after it. I come from the south and my dad is like the perfect guy and I want a guy who would be loved by the parents and all that kind of stuff.
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