For musicians looking to make the leap into the acting world, the first step into the movie world is one that is carefully taken. But for Nicki Minaj, it just sort of happened.
The Young Money MC didn’t even know “The Other Woman” was filming when she got the call to play Lydia, the assistant to Cameron Diaz’s Carly, a lawyer caught in a twisted love square with a married man, his wife and another mistress. Lydia herself is no stranger to playing the game — both she and her current husband were married when they met — and she gives Carly the sage advice that “selfish people live longer.”
And while the Young Money MC admitted her role was “very tiny,” it was enough as she put it, to “get my feet wet.” And she knows that, eventually, she’ll be ready to dive into acting head-on.
“It gave me an idea as to what the world would be like… And now that I know it’s something I can do, I think I want to expand a role eventually” she told MTV News earlier this week.
But before that, Nicki has her highly anticipated third studio album to put out — her first since 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. And while that project — one she’s been putting in overtime on to prove that she is one of “the greats” — she’s still keeping an eye out for her the perfect role.
“I am going on auditions, and I’m trying to find the right role with the right director and the right writers,” she said. “I want to be part of something from the beginning stage this time, and I want the role to be custom-made for me.”
But with a woman who’s played a bevy of personalities through her many alter-egos, there really isn’t a limit on who she could play.
“I have such a versatile personality. … Some days I feel like I wanna do a Will Ferrell comedy; some days I feel like I wanna do more like a ’Set It Off’-type of movie with some other young black actresses and like creating a movement with that,” she said. “And sometimes I think, maybe I could do ’X-Men’ or something.”
So at this point, anything’s fair game. But until then, you can catch Nicki in “The Other Woman,” hitting theaters on Friday (April 25).