LeToya Luckett's Destiny Includes Serious Acting Roles

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  • LeToya Luckett
    LeToya Luckett
    American R&B singer-songwriter and actress
  • Michael Clarke Duncan
    Michael Clarke Duncan
    American actor (1957-2012)

LeToya Luckett's acting gigs are close to outnumbering her music credits. The original member of Destiny's Child co-stars in "From the Rough," a movie about Dr. Catana Starks, who was both the first woman and the first African-American woman to coach a men's college golf team.

In the film, which opens on Friday and also stars Taraij Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Luckett portrays Stacey, a college student dating a player on Coach Starks' team.

Outside of acting, she hasn't forgotten about music. In February, she released her first single in six years.

Yahoo Music: Michael Clarke Duncan is in "From the Rough." His character feels like an angel. What is your take?

LeToya Luckett: Wow. That touches my heart because when you think about it he was an angel figure in this film. He was always uplifting Taraji's character [Coach Sparks]. He was just great. I think people are going to love seeing him in this character because it’s a different side for him. He was funny. It was a joy to work with him.

How do you relate to your character, Stacey, who is a swimmer and pre-med student?

There was a shyness. Stacey's always been very confident in her swimming and that side of things and keeping her grades up, and this is her first time falling in love. One thing that I admired about her is she kinda went for what she wanted. She wasn't scared to approach [Eddie]. With me, I’m a shy girl all day long. I couldn't approach a man.

Did you foresee all these opportunities in film and TV coming your way?

No. I never set out to be an actress. I went on my first audition not knowing all that I needed to know about the acting world or audition process, but ended up getting cast for my first movie role, 'Preacher's Kid.' I ended up getting cast for the lead role, and had to carry a movie on my first thing out the gate. I didn't have time to be terrified and shaking at the boots.

[Related: Michelle Williams Features Former Destiny’s Child Member in Video]

You just wrapped "Single Ladies," executive produced by Queen Latifah. What was it like to work with her?

Awesome. She told me, 'I'm so proud of you. You did that role, girl.' It's just so awesome when someone that you admired for so long appreciates your work.

On the new Mark Wahlberg-produced HBO series "Ballers" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, you play the widow of a ball player who was killed in a car accident. How emotional is the role?

It gets pretty intense because I'm having to suppress a lot of my emotions with his passing. But I have some anger going on. I'm sad. I've been left with a kid that I'm responsible for that we were supposed to raise.

How would you describe your new song "Don't Make Me Wait"?

New modernized R&B. It is fun, sexy R&B. Very different for me. Of course, I've grown a lot as a woman since the last time I put out an album. So I'm going to be talking about my experiences with love, and the ins and outs and ups and downs of it.

What's the meaning behind the title of the album "Until Then"?

"Until Then" is about being in waiting, but just being happy and living in the moment at the same time. We set these goals, and we have all these things that we want to accomplish in life. Instead of focusing on the wait and how long it takes, live your life in the meantime and until then be happy with who you are.

When you left Destiny's Child after the release of the second album, did you think your career was over?

I didn't know where God was going to lead me. I did not know I was going to be a solo artist. I wasn't looking forward to it, especially after being in a group for so long. So I kinda ran from that. I've not always been confident. It's been some storms along the way, but they've just have helped me to become who I am.

I was happily surprised to see you in Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams's music video for "If We Had Your Eyes" last year. What was your reaction when she asked you to be in the video?

There was no hesitation whatever. That's my sister. I love her to death. In any way that I can be a part of something she's doing, I'll do it. She's such a great person. She's a sweetheart. She has a love for God as I do. I felt especially with the message of that song. It would be an honor to be a part of something like that. And hopefully it would reach the eyes and ears of some woman or even some man and inspire and help get them through a situation.

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