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    • Naturi Naughton: (on the seedy reputation of the Playboy Club) It's the complete opposite. I cannot express this enough to all those people. This is not that kind of setting. If anything, these women joined together in this world to support each other, to lift each other up through their hard times. They know that they're in control of their destiny, their success, what they're going to do with their lives.

    • Naturi Naughton: (on the first African-American centerfold, Jennifer Jackson) I saw her in the magazine and she was a beautiful pinup, a beautiful black woman who was classy and just looked sexy but elegant. I would definitely give her props, especially for breaking down the barriers so that a black woman can be seen in that way.

    • Naturi Naughton: (on her Playboy character Brenda) It's 1961, she's very ambitious, she's a very strong, opinionated young woman. And I think she's a fun, spirited girl, too. She has a good time. She doesn't let some of the negative energy affect her, but she's also very smart and she knows what's happening in the world.

    • (on her Playboy Bunny character)
      Naturi Naughton: My character Brenda is one of those ambitious, confident, sexy women of the time. It's great to be represented in a way that shows that she's got big dreams.

    • (on how she got her start)
      Naturi Naughton: It was more so singing is how I broke into the business, and I always wanted to be a singer and an actor since I was five years old. The way I kind of got into it was just starting locally, I'm from East Orange, New Jersey, and I used to sing everywhere. I started singing in my church, and before you know it I was singing at weddings, I was singing at political events, I was singing at basketballs games, I was the national anthem singer for the New Jersey Mets for a season, and I just got more and more recognizable in New Jersey, and I got an audition to this group and that was my breaking into the business as a teenager, I was only 15.

    • (on cooking)
      Naturi Naughton: I don't have the time to do much cooking, but I do the best that I can in the kitchen. I like making fried chicken and mashed potatoes, but I would like to learn to cook some new dishes.

    • (on the remaking of Fame)
      Naturi Naughton: You know what's so great about Fame is that it's one of those classic re-inventions, one of those movies everybody wants to see come to life because it's about young people fighting and striving for their dreams.

    • (on Barak Obama becoming President)
      Naturi Naughton: I feel so inspired because he achieved something that so many people said was unattainable. I feel triumphant! I voted for Obama and as a young person, it feels good to be a part of history. I believe in change and so many other things that he represents.

    • (on the 1990's rap wars)
      Naturi Naughton: I think it was senseless and I am so glad that we have risen above that East Coast- West coast rivalry. I'm from the East but I never felt like I had to choose a side...Both coasts have made great music.

    • (on what attracted her in doing the film Notorious
      Naturi Naughton: Well first off, just the fact that it was a biopic about Biggie Smalls. I was a fan of Biggie growing up and I felt it was about time that someone told his life story.

    • (on the difference between stage and film)
      Naturi Naughton: A whole new learning experience. It's crazy. I'm learning patience. It's not like it's a schedule where your show is on at 8pm and ends at 10:30pm. This is all day and be patient. You can't die down because by the time they get to your angle for the film world, you have to be ready.

    • (on transferring from stage to film)
      Naturi Naughton: If it wasn't for my acting experience doing live theater, which to be honest is some of the best training any actor can have, and I have a foundation of learning that when you are acting, you have it your all and be genuine on all points. When you are on stage, you can't hide. People's eyes can catch you at all times and I gave my all on Broadway and here I am just transferring it over to film.

    • (on getting the part of Lil' Kim in the film Notorious
      Naturi Naughton: The process was long. I started around Thanksgiving and I got the role by the end of February of '08. I would go in but wouldn't hear back for two weeks. Then they would call me back and I wouldn't hear back for another three weeks and each time there were more things that I had to develop. I had to go more into character and I had outfits together. I was in it every time that I went in. I went harder every time I went in for auditions.

    • (on the The Playboy Club)
      Naturi Naughton: I think the Play Boy Club is going to make people see what was really behind this whole Play Boy bunny thing. It's not just about the body; it's not just about a pretty face. These girls are smart, they're intelligent, and they have dreams.

    • (on the breakup of 3LW)
      Naturi Naughton: You know, if I didn't go through some of those tough times, I wouldn't be as resilient, as tough, as strong and prepared, so I have no regrets at all. Even though I've been through some drama, it's all good. I'm grateful for it.

    • (about the fans)
      Naturi: Fans come up to me and ask to take a picture, but it's never anything threatening. They've been so supportive. I've been getting nothing but love everywhere I go. It's all good.

    • (on when life gets tough)
      Naturi: I think I usually rely on my faith. I started out singing in church. So, I go back to my roots, and believe that God will give me the strength to get through those tough times.

    • (on working with director Kevin Tancharoen)
      Naturi: It was great having a young director, because he didn't shut our opinions out. He wanted our input to make sure that it was a team effort, which made it fun. I loved that!

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