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Monica on...
jingle jamming
"extreme feedback"
the big screen
her next albums
JD and making videos
Weinermobiles... and the kids
Watch Monica...
"I've Got To Have It" [RealVideo]
Listen to Monica...
"I Still Got To Have It" [RealAudio]
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MTV: Aside from this project, what are you working on now?

Monica: Right now I'm preparing for the movie I am about to do. It's an MTV movie, and it's kind of a takeoff of "Love Story," but we're calling it "Love Song." It's myself and Justin Timberlake of 'NSYNC. We basically took a lot of issues that were within "Love Story," and we put them in "Love Song," but we modernized it by bringing music to the table. It's being filmed in New Orleans. [There's also] "Boys & Girls," which I did a really small part in. It's a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie. It comes out on the 16th of June. Those were the things that I worked on, and I'll go into the studio in probably three of four weeks.

MTV: Do you want to do more movies in the future?

Monica: I would love to. I think one thing about me is, I didn't mind taking a small role if it's good quality, or a big role if it's good quality, because I think what I needed is a really good supporting cast. I don't feel the need to be a spotlight hog, for lack of better words, just for the sake of it. I wanted it to be really good.

I hope that people really like it, because I am trying to establish two totally separate people. I don't want them to accept it because, "Well, Monica's album was good, so we like the movie." I would rather it would be they like me the way they like Jennifer Lopez when she acts, with her singing being totally separate.

MTV: Are you going into the studio to start a new album?

Monica: Yeah, definitely. More than likely I'll have out a single by October.

MTV: Who are you going to work with? Any producers in mind?

Monica: Oh, yeah. Dallas Austin, Rodney Jerkins, David Foster, Daryl Simmons, of course Jermaine Dupri, and that's it. Those were the same ones I worked with on my last album. They say, "If it's not broke..."

MTV: Do you hope to have this album out this year?

Monica: No, early next year, between January and February, after we find a grand-prize winner [in the Talent Search]. It will be something for me to look forward to, just knowing that someone else will get the opportunity to show their talent to the world. I'll get back to me in the beginning of the year, or maybe late, late winter.


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