‘Tru Loved’ a Guy thing


first_imgI gotta take full blame for causing Jasmine Guy to almost forget to talk about her new movie “Tru Loved” when we met at an event last weekend. When I saw her, all I could think of was how terrific she was in “A Different World.” “I think it’s different for people who grew up on the show. You all are more connected,” she said. “I can feel when there is a real appreciation for that show.” So she didn’t mind my little trip down memory lane, reminiscing about the late-’80s, early-’90s sitcom that cast her as Southern belle Whitley Gilbert. The show was launched as a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” starring Lisa Bonet, and even co-starred Marisa Tomei that first season as one of the only white students at a black college. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut thanks largely to Jasmine’s delicious portrayal, Whitley quickly became the standout character. Lisa Bonet went back to “Cosby” and Jasmine went on to win six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for best actress in a comedy series. So why hasn’t this fine show been on DVD? “Only the first season!” Jasmine said. “I don’t know what’s holding up the second and third and fourth and fifth and sixth seasons!” But there has been much more for this actress, now 45, since the series left the air in 1993. Jasmine has starred on Broadway in several major revivals, including the roles of Velma Kelly in “Chicago” and Betty Rizzo in “Grease.” “Being able to have any diversity in your career, I think, is a gift,” she said. “I did `Chicago’ and about six or seven other musicals. I did musicals before I came to L.A. to do `A Different World’ so I have that background.” She’s also an author with publication of her book “Evolution of a Revolutionary,” about the life and spiritual journey of Afeni Shakur, the mother of the late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. Jasmine had been doing various guest spots on shows but returned to series television for the first time since “World” in 2002 for the Showtime series “Dead Like Me,” on which she played Roxy, a meter maid-turned-cop with an attitude who is part of a crew of motley soul takers. Despite a loyal following, “Dead” was canceled after just two seasons. “That is one of my favorite roles,” she said of Roxy. “We just recently did a movie version of it because people wanted more. They pulled the plug too early on that one.” Then Jasmine asks: “Did I talk to you about `Tru Loved’?” Nope. “Well that’s the reason I’m here!” “`Tru Loved’ is a movie I’m doing about a young boy who’s coming out in high school. It deals with a lot of deep issues. He uses a girl to act like his girlfriend and I thought it might be a little too much, but I think the kids are really going to relate to it and get information. It’s an important film.” I then wonder how Whitley would have handled the situation depicted in “Tru Loved” on “A Different World,” but decide not to ask and just let Jasmine be on her merry way.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img