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

Kyla Pratt

What is the child to adult actress transition like?

I feel like I’m still in that transition. Like they say “black don’t crack,” I just ran into somebody today and they asked me “how old are you?” and when I told them, they were like “What?” The years go by and I guess everybody still looks at me like I’m between the ages of 20 and 22. There’s nothing wrong with that because my momma looks good, so I think that’s going to be me.

I think I’m still transitioning and still reaching out for those adult roles and to be believable as an adult because everybody still sees me as what they grew up watching, but I’m so much more than that. We’ve got some things peeking out and slowly coming through for y’all in some new projects.

Have you done any stage acting or theater acting?

I have not and that’s one thing that I can’t wait to do because that’s what my mom did. For me to do that would be like the greatest accomplishment. I like to be challenged. I think Taraji P. Henson posted something recently saying, “Theater is an actors’ boot camp.” I just can’t wait to be a part of something like that. Hopefully the right project comes along and I can make it happen. I’m never opposed to it because that’s what my momma used to do.

What would you say is you ultimate professional goal?

My ultimate goal would be to raise my babies successfully and have a successful relationship while maintaining my professional career. For me to be able to do it all and be wonder woman and make it happen, because I want to do a little bit of everything. For me not to give up on one part of my life and strive in every part. I want to be a great mother, a great wife, a great actress and I feel like I should be able to do it all. I shouldn’t have to give one thing up for the other. That’s my goal, in theory.

What is a normal day for you like?

It really depends on the day. I’m always moving because I’m a mom and no matter what, we don’t have days off. Even when my babies are with my mom, I can’t get anything done because I’m always calling and making sure they have this and that.

A typical day for me would be getting up early, making sure my babies are good. I might have an audition here or there. If I’m working, making sure I’m up before dawn and making sure I’m out of the house and making sure my babies are taken care of. Every day is different. I kind of create my schedule myself. I try to take care of the kids, and work out and audition and once a week acting class. That’s my crazy life—something exciting and new everyday.

Ever get attacked by stans?

It’s funny because a lot of people ask me that, but I be chilling. Don’t nobody bother me. I go wherever I feel, especially at home in LA because there’s so many different people out her who are in the industry, so it’ s not really that exciting when you run into somebody. Every once in a while I’ll get stopped for a picture or someone just talking to me about enjoying my work and I really appreciate it. When I’m in a small town, I tend to get a lot more attention.

Working in Atlanta is kind of crazy. Like out here in L.A. nobody cares but in Atlanta people are like “Oh! Oh!” and I’m like “Oh, danm.” I’m not one of those people who are good at camouflaging because if I put on glasses or something people will look over me, but as soon as I start talking, it’s a rap. People recognize my voice and I don’t even realize how recognizable my voice is. And I don’t know how to shut up, so yeah I’m not a good hider, but most of the time people don’t bother me. It depends on the day and where I am.

Do you have childhood friends that you’ve had for years?

Of course. I have a friend and my mom was her second grade teacher. I have a friend that I went to middle school with. Most of us have kids now, so it’s like I’ll see you when I see you, but I’ll try to plan a girls day or we’ll do girls night out. We do regular things. I let people know that I’m a normal person with an extraordinary job. I love what I do. When I get a sitter I’m like “Let’s go get drinks,” you know? Or we can just chill in the house and watch a movie or get together and watch Scandal.

What would you say is a fact about you that is un-googleable?

I don’t know, I’m pretty open. I would just say that I’m a cool person. Just don’t mess with me and we cool.