The two meet again at a party, and Kenya hires Brian to landscape her new home.
In the movie Something New, actress Sanaa Lathan plays Kenya, a gorgeous, high-strung executive who hates dogs and the outdoors.
Seems that Lathan is looking to change the pace of her films and roles, and with her latest film, "Something New", she's certainly going trying a new adventure. One of the funniest scenes in the film was the hair scene. People really don't understand weaves and if you have a weave, you're constantly getting asked q How was it working with the cast? There were days when we were really unprofessional and we would start giggling and laughing and the crew would have to be waiting on us.
In "Something New", Lathan plays Kenya, a successful accountant who has all in life except for love. Alfre has always been such a strong woman and my character Kenya's dilemma is really worrying about what the world thinks, what society thinks, and getting that idea of "IBM" (Ideal Black Man). SL: It's so funny because that's one of those cultural markers where you just know all black people are just nodding and turning and saying, "Ooh". You had an ensemble of females as your best friends. It's so great because they are my friends in real life and I respect them all. We couldn't stop laughing in between takes, and that's where the movie was happening, in between takes. How was working with Blair (Underwood) after working somewhat together on the animated film, "Golden Blaze"? When you do a voice over character, you're by yourself, so I actually didn't get to work with him. I always see him and we have the same agent for a long time and his kids go to school with my little sister. SL: I know that if they want me, I'll have to do it because I had signed a 2-picture deal.
When we start chatting, Sanaa Lathan’s a bit punchy. ” she yells, a loose, almost mischievous laugh spilling from her as it does many times over the course of our conversation.
The screenplay by Kriss Turner focuses on interracial relationships and traditional African American family values and social customs.
Near the end of our interview, Lathan is gushing about 1940s Hollywood, which produced dozens of female-driven vehicles, including the classics starring the likes of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Katharine Hepburn. “I’d love to see women carrying films like that, being vulnerable and strong.” It seems unlikely, but this is what attracted Lathan — after suffering through a mid-career string of wife and girlfriend roles — to The Perfect Guy, whose titular joke is that said guy, played by Michael Ealy, is not only imperfect but is also a murderous stalker.
The film, she says, turns the crazy, scorned-ex-girlfriend trope on its head, and instead allows Ealy to slowly lose his shit onscreen while Lathan gets to play the sympathetic protagonist.
In interviews, Lathan is traditionally guarded — many of her answers pour forth politely and fully formed, like she’s given them hundreds of times, and she evades questions about her internal and personal lives.
It’s only after we’ve developed a rapport, and the sound of bleating trucks has considerably weakened her resolve, that she allows occasional glimpses at what she calls her “soft heart [surrounded by] a steel exterior.” The most telling of these glimpses comes when I least expect it.