Last week, I was given the lovely lovely (not sarcasm) opportunity to interview Raven Symone who I’ve pretty much grown up watching. She was on The Cosby Show and, for my generation at least, probably most known as Raven on That’s So Raven! Now she can be seen in the ABC Family Original Move “Revenge of the Bridesmaids” starring Joanna Garcia (in the photo above as well) who everyone keeps saying is from Priveleged…and yeah, she was, but come on! REBA, anyone?! That’s how I know her, as the loveably clueless teenage mom Cheyenne…married to the also loveably, freakishly clueless (yet hilarious) Van. Moving on though…RAVEN! I got to ask her a couple questions which you can see bolded and first, since this is my site, but then I added a few other sites questions below that I thought you might be interested in reading as well. Oh, and for some reason my last name was said to be Beckhoff, so I fixed that, because thank goodness!! it’s not my last name.
Lauren Becker: I think it’s great that you’re going to be in a new movie again, but since you’ve done TV shows in the past, I was wondering if you ever had a chance to do another one in the future or what type of show would you want to do? I know you like comedy, but have you ever imagined what type of show that you would love to be a part of?
Raven-Symoné: I guess I would say two shows that I would love to do, a female version of The Odd Couple – old school show and another version of That Girl. Those would be two dream shows and hopefully, well I shouldn’t say hopefully, right now I have a couple of scripts that I’m going out with to pitch to see if I will get another show and it’s looking pretty good, so we’ll see what happens.
L. Becker: Since you’ve been in the business for so long I’m sure you’ve met a lot of different types of fans that you’ve had. What’s one of your craziest fan moments or encounters?
Raven-Symoné: Someone asked to marry me like randomly. That was kind of interesting especially because my dad was standing right there. I was like, I don’t know him, Dad. I don’t know who this is. I have wonderful supporters, none of them have ever like tried to kill me, or anything crazy so that’s good. I’m okay.
F. Germaine from MediaBlvd Magazine: What attracted you to your role in Revenge of the Bridesmaids?
Raven-Symoné: Well the main thing that attracted me to her is her age, and the way she portrays herself. She’s a published author and she’s very down-to-earth, very smart with her quips. She is the type of person who says things that most people would be afraid to say. She’s just real. That’s kind of who I am when I close my door and I’m no longer “Raven-Symoné.” I’m just at my house chillin. It was fun to play that kind of character rather than some chipper, bubbly teenager. It was good.
F. Germaine: Name one of your more memorable experiences working on Revenge of the Bridesmaids.
Raven-Symoné: A memorable experience would have to be probably getting dirty. In one of the very ends of the movie, JoAnna [Garcia], myself, and Chryssie [Whitehead], we all got to roll around in mud. It’s so funny because we realized how “bougie” we all were. JoAnna and I were like, “This is real mud!” We’re used to fake dirt, here in Hollywood. They were like, “No this is real mud. We’re in Louisiana.” I was like, “Oh, my goodness.”
We were in these dresses rolling around in mud and it was in my wig at the time, I was just like, “Oh my God, what’s going on.” JoAnna was like, “My hair, my facial!” I was like we need to obviously get back to real life because we’re asking for fake dirt. We’ve been in the industry for too long.
S. Fulghum from Totallyher.com: What is it about comedy that appeals to you more than other genres?
Raven-Symoné: That I get to act as stupid as I want to and people laugh. That’s interesting to me, and that I don’t have to be Miss Prissy-Prissy all the time because I am acting crazy. I admire every other genre and maybe one day I will tackle them. I have dabbled here and there, but I think being underneath people like Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Mark Curry, that I enjoy comedy.
So many people now-a-days we’re all stressed, we’re, Oh my goodness is this happening, natural disasters here, this is painful, my life is this. I just want for somebody to watch what I do and just forget about the problems for that 30 minutes or an hour, or two hours and smile you know? Just smile for a second, it’s so much nicer than crying about stuff.
K. Martinez from I don’t know actually…(not that’s NOT the name): You’d be considered as part of young Hollywood, how have you been able to avoid any of the negative aspects of press, and I’m sure it’s all over the place so how have you been able to stray away from all that?
Raven-Symoné: Stay in my house. Don’t do anything crazy outside of it. If I see a camera I drive to the police station. That’s how. My family is so involved with my life and my mom calls me if somebody else does something. She’s like “Don’t you dare do this!” I’m like “What are you talking about? I’m not even like in the same city as that person.” “Don’t you do it!” I’m like, “I didn’t do anything, Mom.” She’s one of those, so I don’t think I’ll ever do anything crazy that people will know about. It’s all in the privacy of my own house.