Terrance J has a message if you’re willing to listen. The longtime television personality and bourgeoning actor is making it a personal mission of his to spread the word of the highly anticipated reboot of the 70’s cult classic, Sparkle. Terrance, who plays club promoter Red in this Salim Akil directed remake, has been doing media rounds in an effort to drum up buzz about the film. As if that were needed. From Jordin Sparks’ emergence as an actress, to Whitney Houston’s last appearance on the big screen, there is a palpable hype surrounding the August 17th release of Sparkle. Still, it was refreshing to spend time with Terrence J, and gain insight on what it was like to be apart of such a monumental film.
Check out what he had to say:
First things first, tell us about your role as Red?
Sure, I play Red, one of the party promoters. I actually have a scene with Cee-Lo Green, Derek Luke and Jordin Sparks right at the beginning of the film when the girls first try to find their way into the music industry. The whole experience was so much fun. When I saw the final, full-length version and I was blown away … I actually got choked up a little bit.
What went into your preparation for the role?
For starters, I had to cut off my mustache. That alone took me out of my element a bit. But I just really tried to mentally place myself in that time period in order to prep for the role. Of course, I had to watch the original as well. That is one of my all-time favorites.
What did it mean to be a part of Whitney’s last performance?
It was a very sad time for all of us … but Whitney’s performance was so strong and she looked so beautiful and elegant. I think that it is a fitting way for her to say goodbye to the people who loved her so much. At the end of the day, I just want people to see the film, not only to say goodbye to Whitney, but to help celebrate a project that meant so much to her.
Sparkle hits theaters August 17.