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Lil Mama On Playing Left Eye In CrazySexyCool: “It Was A Challenge”



After months of anticipation, TLC’s biopic CrazySexyCool is finally set to hit airwaves tonight on VH1.

CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story is a movie based on the lives of 90’s hip-hop/r&b group TLC. In the original made for television film, viewers will see the highs and lows of the girls, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, played by KeKe Palmer, the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, played by Lil Mama, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, played by Drew Sidora.

HipHollywood recently caught up with KeKe Palmer who revealed what fans might be surprised to learn while watching the highly anticipated movie.

“I think as a whole, it will be hard for people to believe that with all these many blessings that they were receiving, that there is still always turmoil. Whether it’s you’re going good in your business or you’re going good in your home, there’s always something that’s going wrong,” Palmer said.

Earlier this year, HipHollywood broke the news that Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was going to be played by rapper, Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland. During the BET Awards, HH talked with Lil Mama about playing the late singer/rapper.

“It was a great experience. It was a challenge for me of course, her not being here. Having both Chilli and T-Boz give encouragement and explain their mannerisms to KeKe and Drew, but also giving me a little input on Left Eye as well. But to have the person there hands on is a little different,” she said.

“If there was a question that I had, I had to go to a video or watch something just to pick it up first hand. It was a challenge, but it was an honor,” Lil Mama revealed.

HH also caught up with Rochelle Aytes, who plays the role of Pebbles, to talk about how Chill and T-Boz helped her channel the group’s former manager.

“Chilli and T-Boz were on set quite often. It was very helpful especially for me to have them there because they lived it. If I would deliver a line that Pebbles delivered, they would come to me and say ‘this is how she would say it. She would say it just like this.’ I got to kind of live through them,” Aytes explained.

“They would just be in awe at the development of the other girls and their character, and how much they resembled them. They started to take on their mannerisms. They even said to me, ‘wow, how did you know to do that things with your hands?’ They were really happy with the way it came together,” the Mistresses star revealed.

CrazySexyCool premieres tonight on VH1 at 9/8C.

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