*TV One looks to have a solid hit on their hands with their film, “When Love kills: The Falicia Blakely Story.”
The movie follows former stripper and single mother, Falicia Blakely (Niatia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland) and her tragic and shocking love tale.
EURweb attended the Los Angeles red carpet premier and the stars were there as well to show support. In the audience we saw Angela Bassett, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Loni Love and Essence Atkins just to name a few. The films’ all-star cast was in attendance too.
Lance Gross popped on the scene is his nice charming, fuchsia suit, ready for us to see a side of him that we’d never seen before. Gross, by the way, portrays the film’s antagonist Big Dino and to describe his performance as stellar may be an understatement.
Lance Gross’ former roles as the likeable, nice guy are no match for the manipulating womanizer that is Big Dino. Gross is grateful for the film’s director, Tasha Smith, for the opportunity.
“I’m fortunate because Tasha has been my acting coach for years and she’s seen performances out of me that no one has seen. So she believed in me. She gave me a call,” says Gross.
Lil Mama who is now going by her legal name, Niatia Kirkland, put on a performance of a lifetime. Her confidence was ever so present on the red carpet as she donned a lovely white gown. The queen of the night she was indeed as the audience witnessed her convincing onscreen transformation into Falicia Blakely.
It wasn’t all that easy for Kirkland. It was quite a challenge for her.
“I play an exotic dancer and that was something I was very fearful to play. That’s an element of acting that I didn’t understand; not judging the character.” Niatia tells us.
The bottom line is that she took Tasha Smith’s directions very well and the outcome is an incredible portrayal.
“When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story premiers on TV One, Monday, August 28 at 9/8c.