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Vixen Chat: Being Mary Jane's Latarsha Rose Talks Working with Gabrielle Union and Tackling Mental Illness

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If you're an avid watcher of BET’s original series, Being Mary Jane, you are probably familiar with Mary Jane’s BFF Dr. Lisa, played Latarsha Rose. We had the chance to chat with the beautiful actress before last night's explosive finale where she  gave us the low-down on her character,working with Gabrielle Union and her thoughts on mental illness.

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VIBE Vixen: What’s been your biggest career obstacle?

Latarsha: Myself. The pressure that I put on myself, those moments of self-doubt or things of that nature. Being my biggest critic. Often times, it is learning how to get out of my own way.


What do you love most about your job?

Going to work and getting to play a character and every aspect of it.


Who do you look up to in the entertainment industry?

There are so many actors out there who I look up to. There’s a huge array of people--everyday you can be inspired by someone’s work. I would say Cate Blanchet is someone who I think is really fascinating as an actor. Penelope Cruz--I'm really attracted to her work and definitely Phillip Seymour Hoffman and his capability to just transform. I really admire an actor with the ability to transform themselves.

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Who's your favorite cast member?

We're one big happy  family to be honest. I laugh with all of them. We can tease one another, so it is definitely the whole cast.


Who is the funniest on set?

Definitely Gabrielle Union and Omari Hardwick-- they keep the whole crew laughing.


Are there any similarities between you and Dr. Lisa?

I think I am learning things from her. She works hard, but I think she struggles with uncertainty--the what ifs, the who  am I, where am I.  She struggles with living in the moment; she’s so focused, but she doesn’t enjoy the moment. Just live in the moment Dr. Lisa! I want to tell her that  (laughs). In terms in what I relate to--being a professional woman, being so focused on the world, and  finding that balance.


What’s it like working with Gabrielle Union?

She is so quick, so honest and she’s fun and her range is so great-- especially with her character. She’s down to earth, but very serious. Then she’s playful, then she is vulnerable. She is navigating all these different states of being. She is so present and in the moment. She’s  also very generous – generous with her work and advice.


During one episode, your character attempted suicide. We appreciate that BMJ tackled the issue of mental illness, which is very taboo in the black community. What are your thoughts?

I think we don’t talk about it enough and often times we are encouraged to just "deal with it." There are so many stresses that we deal with and we’re constantly hearing things that we are not able to quiet ourselves. And we’re not equipped to deal with everything we’re bombarded with and I think it is important for us to discuss mental health--how to manage stress, building the skill sets to deal with the ups and downs of life, etc. I think it was courageous of Mara to address this issue and I hope we are able to explore more of it.


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In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

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"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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