Vixen Virginity: Rutina Wesley on Her ‘Firsts’
VIXEN VIRGINITY: MY FIRST…
First time being fired from a job
I’ve never really been fired from a job. My first experience in the business was this job that I did for The Color Purple and I didn’t get to go on to the Broadway production. I had just got that job right out of college. It was my first big job and I was very new and so there were a couple of things as an actor and as a singer that I didn’t get to work on and so because of those things I wouldn’t go on to do the Broadway production of it and I was so hurt. It was a big deal for me to do it because it’s like one of my favorites of all time. To not continue on with the production was a huge blow to my ego. I learned a big lesson like you shouldn’t hold on to things too much because you never know when it can be taken from you. I will never forget that.
First acting experience
I did a musical at a community theater when I was about 10-years-old. I remember I said my line and everyone laughed and I thought to myself, “I think I want to do this.”
First fan moment
It might have been when I met Rihanna for the first time. I completely and utterly geeked out and little did I know she likes True Blood and she was kind of geeking out too and it was kind of cool. I love her music, I think she’s awesome and she’s like this fashion icon, so just to see her as just Rihanna it a bit much. I had to tell myself “Rutina Wesley, calm down.”
First stan moment
The biggest stan moment for me was when we went to Comic Con in Sand Diego. There was a girl who was a fan and she got to me in the autograph line. She was like “I sold all my stuff to get her and to meet you.” Then she started crying and then I ws crying. It was serious. She was seriously just saying “I love the show and I love you so much.” She was shaking and I was holding her hand and I will never forget that moment. Looking in her eyes and seeing how much it meant to her for her to be there. Being an actor, I’ve dreamed about being able to move people. It makes me feel good inside. It was an amazing moment to experience that with her.