Last night, I attended the New York City premiere of the upcoming TLC biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which premieres on VH1 on Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 CT. (For the non-initiated, here’s everything you ever need to know about TLC!) What happened on the K.Michelle-hosted red carpet? Let’s just say that literally all of my TRL-obsessed, ’90s child dreams came true. (Just like you, I get
lonely embarrassingly OOC around iconic pop stars, too.)
Not only did I get to talk IRL to founding members T-Boz and Chilli — whose greatest hits album 20 featuring new single “Meant To Be” came out yesterday — but they even clued me in on what we can expect in terms of new material in 2014.
Also, I got to chat with Lil Mama (who plays Left Eye in the film), other celebs/ obvs TLC stans like Mack Wilds and Kandi Burruss, was in the presence of Missy Elliott, caught a glimpse of the legendary Ms. Diana Ross, and came even closer to solving the mystery of whether LL Cool J is actually a vampire or not. To understand WTF I’m talking about, check out the from-the-frontlines photos below.
T-minus five minutes before the first red carpet arrivals. Paging Cher Horowitz, because I’m, like, totally buggin’!
Well hello, Ms. K.Michelle! You look lovely and envelope-pushy as always. (Read up on her supremely sheer fashion statement, here.)
Kandi’s favorite TLC song? (Other than “No Scrubs,” duh.) “Baby Baby Baby.”
Tristan “Mack” Wilds popped by. I think he winked at me. BRB crumbling into a million pieces.
OK, all taped back up. His fave TLC track? “Red Light Special.” Cut to the necessary visual!
Check out more photos from the “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” red carpet after the jump.
I asked the “Own It” singer who he should play in a biopic. His response? The ageless LL Cool J.
Seeing that LL has aged, like, 2 days in the past 30 years, we think Mack could probably play him from ages 20 to 120.
Related: Is LL Cool J a vampire? We both came to the incredibly scientific conclusion that… um, yeah. Probably.
Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba (a.k.a., Taystee and Suzanne/ “Crazy Eyes” from “Orange Is The New Black”) didn’t have time to talk. #AllTheSads
And neither did Questlove. #OhWait #MoreSads #IFoundThem
But our snub of the night goes to none other than Diana Ross, who flashed by in a magnificent blur. #Mahogany #Goddess #BowDown
The stunning Drew Sidora, who plays T-Boz in “CrazySexyCool,” came by, though!
Drew said that the “No Scrubs” video was her favorite to recreate. T-Boz worked super hard to make sure that Drew got all of her mannerisms DOWN!
We think that Drew totally pulled off T-Boz’s hard-edged, “No Scrubs” mugging, don’t you? (Watch what else Drew Sidora has to say about TLC, here.)
I asked Lil Mama what her favorite costume was. “A-huh, ’SCRUBS,'” she cackled like some kind of fabulously wicked, aquamarine queen.
Turns out that Drew, Mama, and Keke (who plays Chilli) got to wear the actual “No Scrubs” costumes! Ahh!!!! Jealous.
I asked Chilli about any new material we can expect in 2014. “We’re almost done,” she told me, “but I can’t wait until it comes out.” #SameSameSameSame
T-Boz said that their new music’s gonna be nothing like “Meant To Be.” Expect a whole new TLC album — whole new TLC vibe. “Oh, we’re coming.”
FTR, both founding TLC members touched my arm. Betcha wished ya signed my yearbook now, ALL OF 8TH GRADE!
“CrazySexyCool” itself was obvs a life-changing experience — I was crying “Waterfalls” by the end. Literally my face:
Oh, and BTW I saw Missy Elliott when I was leaving the theater!!!!
AHHHH! I am finally at peace.