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Though Lathan grew up adjacent to the entertainment biz,“My mother was in the chorus of the original on Broadway — I was backstage, I was in the audience.There was even one time where my mom was dancing and I was in the wings and I saw her and almost ran onto the stage. I don’t remember it, I was so little, but it’s in my blood,” Lathan says.In "Something New", Lathan plays Kenya, a successful accountant who has all in life except for love. Alfre has always been such a strong woman and my character Kenya's dilemma is really worrying about what the world thinks, what society thinks, and getting that idea of "IBM" (Ideal Black Man). SL: It's so funny because that's one of those cultural markers where you just know all black people are just nodding and turning and saying, "Ooh". You had an ensemble of females as your best friends. It's so great because they are my friends in real life and I respect them all. We couldn't stop laughing in between takes, and that's where the movie was happening, in between takes. How was working with Blair (Underwood) after working somewhat together on the animated film, "Golden Blaze"? When you do a voice over character, you're by yourself, so I actually didn't get to work with him. I always see him and we have the same agent for a long time and his kids go to school with my little sister. SL: I know that if they want me, I'll have to do it because I had signed a 2-picture deal.
“I got paid the lowest you could get paid,” she recalls.Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps couldn’t have imagined nearly 20 years that they were making history by starring in the romcom ‘Love & Basketball,’ which is now considered a classic within the culture.Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film, released in 2000, is considered a must-watch among sports movies.“I had a dance background, but I had never picked up a basketball.
Gina and the producers really wanted a basketball player that could act as opposed to an actress they could teach to play basketball. READ MORE: Gina Prince-Bythewood on directing ‘Cloak & Dagger’ pilot‘Love & Basketball’ tells the story of a young Black couple navigating the competitive world of sports before eventually falling for each other. I would always get to the last step and then they would throw in another basketball player.”Lathan also noted that the producers gave the basketball player acting coaches.“They would always do a basketball audition for me, which was just the worst,” she said.The film marked screenwriter Prince-Bythewood’s directorial debut.“I did a staged reading of the script when she was still working on the script.