However, when it comes to her four-year-old son, Kiyan Anthony, that’s where maternal instinct kicks into full gear. “He thinks we are shooting a movie, so he’s into it, but if he’s ever not in the mood cameras have to go off. I want it to be fun for him, and if there is ever a point when it’s not fun for him, I never want him to do it.” Besides casting light on her personal experiences with Kiyan, Po and Dice (among the occasional appearance by Carmelo), the new season of LFCL captures Executive Producer La La juggling even more as she travels further into her career. With a new makeup line underway and 10 years after her MTV debut, La La is eager to prove that she’s more than just a TV host. “I’m always respectful of hosting and radio because that’s where it all started for me. If it’s the right thing, I will just jump back into hosting mode. But I just really feel like tackling new things now and acting is where I want to put my heart and soul.”
The move from hosting to acting makes sense for the TV personality who, in 2008, also produced the Mike Tyson documentary, Tyson, through her and Carmelo’s Krossover Productions company. An example of hard work paying off, La La already has a list of acting roles lined up for 2012. This spring, she’ll appear on the big screen in Think Like a Man, the film adaption of Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Co-starring alongside Hollywood heavyweights Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union, La La sums up the experience as nothing less than “amazing.” Determined to thrive in her acting role just as she does in her other endeavors, even La La’s husband is impressed.”Melo just laughs and asks, ‘Do you ever sit down? Do you ever get a break?’” she says. “But he’s so supportive, just like I’m supportive of him. It’s great to have a person that understands what you do and gets it.”
When asked whose acting career she’d like to emulate, La La gives a surprising answer of Oprah Winfrey, which makes sense after she justifies her reasoning. “She started in radio; I started in radio. She produced; I produced Tyson. She has done acting. She has done branding – she’s done everything.There was a time when people only wanted you doing one thing. If you are a host, you are only a host, only an actress, only a singer… And now, in this day and age, it’s about doing a lot of things and being good at all of them. I just want to prove that one person can be good at a lot of different things.”While acting may seem like a natural fit for La La, transitioning into the beauty business is also in the cards. Describing it as “something I’ve always wanted to do,” her first makeup line, Motives by La La, will help her bring her brand to women across the world. Her intention to branch into the cosmetic industry is to help women who have the same foundation problem as her.”There are eye shadows, lip glosses, lipsticks, blushes… But the foundation is what I put special care into,” she reveals. “I created a wheel that has four different similar shades, and within that wheel, you can create the color that fits your complexion. Because if you look at most women that wear makeup, they are using three and four different foundations, mixing them together, because in the summer, you are one color, and in the winter, you are something else. I condensed it all into one wheel. I’m really proud of that and I’m so excited about it all.” Maneuvering through her playbook of business, motherhood and stardom, La La also holds her basketball wife position quite well. If the BasketballWives of Miami and L.A. (La La’s VH1 counterparts) were the reality of perception, we’d be left to believe that they were constantly bickering, fist-fighting, foul-mouthed women. As if on cue, La La shows the exact opposite of her fellow wives, proudly owning the title despite the negative connotations that come with it.
She is amazing and a true role model…She works so hard and it def shows. I wish her the best of luck. Bravo to you guys to feature this exceptional women. I live in NYC and hope to meet her one day!
LA–Love the look and the shoes are Fresh to Deaf (not DEATH) but Deaf..”in my Katt Williams voice”..LOL
lovely lady with a perfect body
what a hoot it was at the Motives by La La Debut in Miami last week! Beauty in Every Shade!
Great piece. The words were poetic without being over the top in describing a celebrity friend in my head.