Vixen Chat: Kyla Pratt on Maturing, Motherhood, and Managing Hollywood

Kyla Pratt

VIBE Vixen: What should the fans expect from the new season of Let’s Stay Together?

Kyla Pratt: I’m really excited about it. I think this season for Let’s Stay Together has gotten a little more risqué and a just lot of fun. My character is still crazy, but she switches things up a little bit. She’s still young and doing whatever she wants to do. She has a lot of crazy things going on this season. Ms. Kyla goes blonde. That was actually my first time really dying my hair.

Does traveling for the job affect your family?

Not really. I’m a mom, so traveling with children is kind of crazy, but I’ve gotten used to it now. I’m ready for the craziness.

How do you juggle acting and Hollywood?

It’s not really difficult for me to juggle. Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult, but I have to maintain a positive attitude. I always wanted to be a mother. I love being a mother. It’s the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life and I also enjoy my career, so if I want to do both, I got to make it happen. Me wanting to do both, of course, I have my complaints because I have my days, but I want to do it all, so if that means that I have to get four hours of sleep a night then that’s what happens.

Are you still working towards your psychology degree and where do you want it to take you?

I am not in school right now, but whenever I’m not working I take the time out to take a couple of classes. I have to remind people that I have a full time job and I am a mom. I can’t just drop all my classes when a job shows up, so I take semesters off. I’m slowly working towards a degree. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I guarantee it’s going to happen one day.

I’m one of those people that want to do everything. I’m like, “Oh, I want to do nursing because I want to be able to help people.” I’m not going to say what my major is because I keep changing it. I think that going to school is never a bad thing. I feel like you can never learn too much. And I even try to incorporate something that I learned in class in like a role or something. I like to write as well, so if I can incorporate something into writing a character or writing a story then I’m doing something that’s good and productive in my life. I don’t’ know if it (the degree) will necessarily lead me to being a teacher, or a psychologist, or psychiatrist or a nurse, but I know that I will have the knowledge of these different professions or these different people in the world. That’s what keeps me going back; you can never learn too much and it’s not bad to do something hands on. It’s exciting for me because I was homeschooled for the majority of my high school years, so it’s fun for me to walk into a class and learn something new and to be able to understand it and if I don’t understand it; to get pissed off to the point where I make myself understand it. It’s a challenge and I love to constantly challenge myself.

Why did you want to be an actress?

Growing up, my mother was an actress. She did a lot of theater when I was younger, so I used to watch her do a lot of shows. And when opportunity came about, I figured “why not?” I want to be like mommy. I started in the business when I was 7-years-old, so to me it was a hobby. It was like my afterschool thing that I got to do. Everybody else did like cheerleading or drill team or playing an instrument and I got to go on auditions. It wasn’t a job. It was fun. As I got older, I started looking at it differently. But I guess ever since then, I just knew that this is what I wanted to do. I just fell in love with it.

Are you more comfortable doing shows like One on One and Let’s Stay Together? Do you see yourself trying to take on more serious roles in the future?

I am comfortable doing things like that, but I’m always up for a challenge. I like the roles and I know the roles are somewhat similar. I grew up acting in sitcoms and being that somewhat goofy, funny girl that’s always saying something crazy, but I like to be challenged, I like to do other things as well. For me, this is what’s going on right now, this is what I’m enjoying right now, so hopefully in the future I can do other things as well.

What was your favorite role?

That’s hard, what stuck out for me in my childhood, I would have to say, I did an episode of Walker Texas Ranger when I was 10-years-old and I got to do karate. It was my first time doing my own stunt, so I think that’s probably sticks out the most right now.

I like to do crazy stuff that I’ve never done before and being able to do my own stunts and getting shot in the episode and stuff like that, that was fun. I’ve been very fortunate to work with great actors who are also great people, so I have a lot of great experiences from movies like Dr. Dolittle, Fat Albert, Proud Family and One on One. Luckily, I didn’t deal with a lot of crazy people at a young age. I think I remember the fun that I was having on set rather then actually shooting.