Turn to VH1 at any point of the day, and there’s a good chance that you’ll see Malika Haqq. As a recurring cast member and reigning BFF of Khloe Kardashian, Haqq has maintained a high profile thanks to the Kardashian reality machine. But when rolling out caught up with the budding actress, she had so much more to discuss than all things Kardashian. With her film, Somebody Help Me 2, with Marques Houston and Omarion set to hit DVD, and a host of other projects on the horizon, Haqq had lots to discuss outside of those famous reality sisters.
Your film Somebody Help Me 2 just came out on DVD. How excited are you about the release?
I’m really excited. I didn’t know when I signed on to do the project that it was ever going to go to DVD. I kind of thought it was a TV movie, which I was completely fine with because I liked doing the project. So I think it’s pretty cool, and I know that everybody’s excited about the project.
So for those who have yet to see it, the DVD will be a perfect opportunity for them to check it out. Tell us about the film and your character.
Well my character is Jasmine, and I happen to think that she’s a hot mess. I have the best time playing her because she is nothing like myself … I think she brings a lot of mystery to the movie because you really don’t know who she is until the end of the film. She’s got a real likable nature, only to find out that she’s maybe not worthy of all that. But wait, I don’t want to blow it for you. [laughs]
With your profile do you feel like it’s ever a challenge to get people to believe you in thee types of roles since they see you so much on reality television?
I don’t look at myself like a reality star to be completely honest with you. I understand that I have a huge following because of television, but acting is the way I started, so most of my acknowledgement comes from that. Now, there are times when I get people who say, “hey, you’re on ‘Khloe and Lamar,’ but I never knew you were in the movie Atl.” So there is an upside to being able to do television. It brings people back to where I started. At this point, I don’t think it’s challenging for people to see me as an actress. It’s where I started, and it’s my job to make my characters believable.
So what can we be seeing on the horizon for you in the future?
Well, the greatest gift from my experience with reality television is that I don’t have to choose just anything. I love both television and film, so the plan is to see me doing great roles in both in the near future.