The director first cast Kim in his upcoming film, The Marriage Counselor, in which she plays Ava, a friend/co-worker of the main character Judith, played by Jurnee Smollett.
“She’s a good actress,” Tyler raved to reporters about Kim at the NYC premiere of Madea’s Witness Protection. “She did a really good job.” With Kim being deemed a typical reality bimbo, as well as being involved in one of the biggest headlined divorces in celeb history, he obviously faced fire for casting her into the film. “There was a lot going on with her marriage and all that stuff at the time,” he explained, referring to Kim’s divorce filing from Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage. “All that stuff that’s in the past. The movie’s called The Marriage Counselor. Of course it had something to do with that.”
Tyler also spoke well of Bobbi Kris, who he recently cast as a recurring character for his TBS series For Better Or Worse. “She did a fantastic job. That kid has such a future,” he said. “She’s such an actor. I’m so proud of her. I’m telling you. As far as she wants to go in this business, she can.”
In terms of casting Bobbi Kristina so soon after her mother Whitney Houston’s passing this past February, it’s not a decision he regrets. ”The whole purpose of that was to make sure that she was around people who cared, who loved her,” he explained. “What I found when my mother died is that you have to be around people who you trust. And I was glad that I could be there.”
Honestly, I’m excited to see both working in these Tyler Perry projects. I’ve been watching Kim, who presently has a recurring role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, and she’s pretty good! Who would’ve thunk? I think with some more acting classes, she could go on to do some other roles. As far as Bobbi Kristina, I’m not sure what she’ll bring to the table, but entertainment’s in her blood, so I’m sure she has potential as well.
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