R&B star Faith Evans caught up with MTV News’ “RapFix Live” on Wednesday and spoke about Christopher Jordan “CJ” Wallace, her son with late husband and rap legend the Notorious B.I.G. The “I Love You” singer checked in via Skype from Los Angeles, where she was recording new music, and discussed CJ’s role in the new Will Ferrell film “Everything Must Go,” which opened in limited release Friday (May 13).
“Everybody that gets a chance to check that out, yeah, CJ is doing his thing in there,” Evans said. CJ has a prominent role in the film playing Kenny Loftus, a neighbor of Nick Halsey (Ferrell) in the comedy/drama.
CJ’s first role on the big screen was playing a younger version of his father in the biopic “Notorious.” The budding actor was only 3 and a half months old when his father died, and Faith said the film helped CJ realize just how important his father was to the hip-hop community.
“I think that once he did [’Notorious’] and us being in Brooklyn every day… that kind of took it over the top, that whole experience,” Faith said. “Him being able to be part of the movie and then also seeing it on a whole worldwide level with it, it’s actually in the movie. He has to understand how important [his father] was to everyone else on a bigger scale as well. That was a great experience for him.”
The proud mother then admitted that her son’s newfound success as an actor was purely happenstance. “It’s funny, ’cause he wasn’t the seasoned little actor,” Faith said. “He never had lessons or anything like that. He just auditioned, and they liked him, so he’s kind of become the little accidental movie star in our household.”
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