Nicki Minaj has made her foray into the film world by playing a small role in the recent premiere The Other Woman. Starring alongside Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, and Leslie Mann, Minaj was solicited for the role while she was in the throes of her judging gig on American Idol. Director Nick Cassavetes noticed her on the singing competition show and called her in for an interview.
“I wanted to do a movie, but I wasn’t actively pursuing a role,” Minaj recalled in a telephone interview this week. “This came out of nowhere. I didn’t even have an hour for myself, and I didn’t know if I was gonna be able to do it.”
Even though she only had to be on the movie set in New York City for a week in order to complete her role, Nicki Minaj barely got there on time. In just the 24 hours prior to her arrival she finished filming American Idol, performed live at the Billboard Music Awards and then hopped a red-eye for her flight from Los Angeles to New York.
— The Other Woman (@OtherWomanMovie) May 1, 2014
Performing in a film was a far cry from what Nicki had experienced performing in music videos.
“On a video,” she said, “I have all the control over what’s happening. I know in advance how it’s gonna go. But on a movie, they’ll tell you you’re shooting at noon and you might not start until 5 p.m. It’s a lot of waiting.”
Minaj prepared for her role ahead of time by exchanging a series of text messages with Alex Cassavetes. Cameron Diaz was very supportive of her while on set, too. In fact, she told Nicki that she made her role more likable on screen than it appeared in the script.
Nicki shared an Instagram photo of herself this past week thanking fans for making The Other Woman the number one film at the box office.
Back to work now on The PinkPrint–her third album–Nicki Minaj hopes her first foray into the film world won’t be her last.
“The movie thing — I definitely want to work at it more,” she said. “I want to work on a character for my next role and take time out of my schedule to work on it — like sit there for a month and create someone. So yes, I want to do movies again. But am I gonna go tomorrow and start shooting? Probably not.”
Have you checked out Nicki Minaj–along with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton–in The Other Woman? Critics say she was used merely as “a prop,” but fans will no doubt love seeing her in action.
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