LRM Exclusive Interview: Diamond White for BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

– by Gig Patta

Madea is definitely larger than life with each new movie.

In the next installment from Tyler Perry, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download tomorrow. The film was made in part due to a mockery in Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE as the next Tyler Perry movie back in 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:

Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity. The fun soon ends when police and the cranky, fast-talking Madea arrive to crash the party. Unhappy with this sudden turn of events, the vengeful collegians decide to scare Madea and her cronies with a series of pranks. She soon finds herself under attack and on the run from assortment of ghosts, ghouls and zombies on the scariest night of the year.

The films also stars Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Bella Thorne, Yousef Erakat and Diamond White. Perry, of course, plays three different roles, including the lovable Madea.

LRM had an exclusive phone interview earlier this month with the actress/singer Diamond White on her feature film debut as Tiffany, the daughter. We had discussions about Tyler Perry, acting in a film full of improv and comedy and her music career.

BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download tomorrow.

Read the interview transcript below.

LRM: Let’s talk about this upcoming Tyler Perry movie, BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN.

Diamond White: Yeah. Let’s talk about it.

LRM: So tell us—why were you attracted to this project in the first place?

Diamond White: I actually didn’t know on what I was auditioning for. It was a very secretive project. I went in for the audition and saw all these people who were going for the same role. For sure, I thought I wasn’t going to get the part at all. A few months later, I got into this project and it was a movie.

I get to Atlanta and found out that it was a Tyler Perry film. On the next day, we were having lunch with him.

My character is a brat. She’s not very pleasant to be around, especially if you are my dad in the film. And he’s played by Tyler Perry. She was very fun to play. It was very therapeutic to get my anger out. A lot of it was improv and going back and forth as a smart little brat. It was a lot of fun. I would never talk like that to Tyler Perry in real life. It was just fun to play that for a little bit. [Chuckles]

LRM: What were you originally thought you were auditioning for in the first place? Was it the same character?

Diamond White: I knew I was auditioning to play Tiffany, but…..they didn’t tell me if it was a movie or it was a series. They didn’t even tell me on who was making it. It just said “Untitled Project.” I didn’t even know it was a Tyler Perry film.

So yeah. When they booked me and told me, I was like, “What the heck! This is unreal.” [Laughter]

LRM: So what was it like when you first met Tyler Perry in Atlanta?

Diamond White: Well, I was inside of his house. We heard this voice from far away rapping Nicki Minaj. The voice got closer and it was Tyler. He was coming into the kitchen rapping Nicki Minaj. He is like a big kid and he is so friendly. He made sure to treat us super well.

For a lot of us, it was the first time to be shooting a major feature film. He was just like the dad. He was there giving us all of these pointers on everything. It was amazing.

LRM: I remembered the first time I met him and looked at him. I said to myself, “Wow! He is so tall!!” [Laughter]

Diamond White: Yeah, he is so tall. Crazy!

LRM: When you were on this project, was it really that crazy that he was playing a few different characters?

Diamond White: It was something I’ve never experienced before. A lot of times I was talking to people that looked like him. So when I had scenes with him in his Madea costume, I had to look at my dad. It wasn’t Tyler. It’s just one of those muscles you have to exercise in acting. You just have to act to the person who you are talking to.

It was a lot of fun. It was very different for me since this was being my first feature film. I had a blast. I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat.

LRM: So how did he handled it? So did they film each scene differently when he played Madea or he was playing the dad? Or even somebody else?

Diamond White: Yeah, we shot all of them separately. If he was my dad, then we shoot all of the dad stuff. If he was Madea, then we shoot all of the Madea stuff. It was all very organized. You can tell that he was doing this for a while. He knows exactly on what he is doing. It was a smooth process.

LRM: Which interaction did you enjoy the most with Tyler Perry? Which character?

Diamond White: Definitely Madea. [Laughter]

That was the most fun, because Madea can say anything and do anything. You have to be on your toes and respond accordingly to what she is saying. A lot of it is improv. A lot of it is going back and forth. It’s not really going with the script. You want to pay attention and it’s hard. You do really want to laugh. You just want to think on what Madea just said and laugh at it. You just can’t.

It’s definitely a challenge. It’s really fun.

LRM: So how did you really do it? Not laughing at him.

Diamond White: Honestly, I think was so scared to laugh. I didn’t want to disappoint him. [Laughter] I think if there’s any time to think about sad things—it was right now. You have to stay in the scene and not laugh. After of course, when it was the cut, we all died of laughter. It’s like preserving all those laughs until you can do it without messing it all up.

LRM: You mentioned that there was a lot of improv through all this. Did you do the improv or was it mostly him?

Diamond White: It was everyone. Everyone in the scene, Liza, me, Tyler as my dad and Tyler as Madea—so much of the movie is improv. There was a thing we did—we would do a scene in one take as scripted. Then the next take we would do something similar to that. You just need to know on where the scene was going so you could end up on the same spot.

As long as you read the script, you know the story and your character, he encouraged improv a lot.

LRM: Are you much more of an improv person or much more of a script person?

Diamond White: I am actually an improv person. Improv is about on what you are feeling in the moment. It’s not like you have remember this or to make sure that you don’t forget anything. I’ve never been one of those people. Those words are really not your words.

If you’re cast as a character and they believe you as this character, then you should have the freedom to say to what you think this character would say. Especially, if you studied the character carefully, everything you say is something you think the character would say in that reality.

I feel like I’m more improv. I’m definitely an improv person.

LRM: What do you think is the best scene you had on this project? Which scene you had the most fun with?

Diamond White: I had the most fun with…..the party scene. I wasn’t really necessarily in those scenes fully. I got to watch on how those scenes were made. How do you go twerking? Then there’s being around Tyga and watching him perform.

The scene that was I was in was where I was trying to scare all the grandparents out of the house. I brought down the board game. It was really fun to shoot.

LRM: Oh, yeah! You did meet Tyga. I completely forgot that. How awesome was that? [Laughter]

Diamond White: It was really cool. He was a lot quieter than I thought he would be. He was kind of in his own little world. He is really cute. I expected him to be all over the place, but he was super chill person. I didn’t expect him to be that chill.

LRM: Some people are quite different in real life, right?

Diamond White: Yeah, definitely.

LRM: Could you tell me if you always wanted to be an actress? How did you get your start?

Diamond White: I always wanted to be an artist and creator. I don’t always act. It was something I fell into in a way.

Actually, I started in animation. I started to do auditions when I was seven, but the first thing I’ve always done before anything else was singing. When I was little, I belted out Whitney Houston songs on the top of my lungs. That is something I wanted to do. I wanted to be an artist from a very young age.

This year, I’m dropping a lot of musical things. I’m introducing the world to a part of me that they are not familiar with. I’m super-excited for that.

LRM: So you definitely want to be an artist rather than being an actor today?

Diamond White: You can’t just lose your first love like that. Especially since it is so embedded into me. I’m one of those people who are like, “Yeah, I act.” I do want to do more acting jobs with more serious roles to show the dynamics of different personalities and to show on what I can take on.

But, I still write music every day. I make beats and produce. I’m learning on how to play different instruments. I’ve always been a really musical person.

It’s easy to look at someone and say, “Oh, she does this. She does that. And that!” I feel like if you’re one of those people who can multi-task and do everything to a level of excellence—I believe I can [be that person]. Why not? Just follow along the journey with me.

Whatever you see me as, then you see me as that. I could do so much more than what everyone thinks of me right now. It’s something that is so much fun for me. I can surprise people and they won’t see it coming.

LRM: So what is the preferred role you love to play? I’m guessing you would like to play a musical singer like on EMPIRE or STAR, right?

Diamond White: No, actually. I want to keep everything so surprisingly. I want that effect on different people. My acting is my acting.

Jamie Foxx is one of those people. He played Ray Charles and everyone was like “Oh, my God. He is such an amazing actor.” He came out with a lot of hit songs after that. I can definitely do all of those things in my mind to where you can view it as different people.

I want to play a really serious role. Well, there is a couple of roles I do want to play. I want to play a bad ass, who fights crime. It’s almost like a superhero movie in a way. Then again, I also want to play something serious in a tragic role. Maybe even a coming of age female empowerment story. I would like to be in a scene where I have to breakdown to cry and scream. I want to really go through whatever this character is going through. Those would be more fun for me to play.

The comedy thing—I do like comedy. But, I do love the serious roles and acting. I would if they change Iron Man into an African-American girl. I would like to do Iron Man fighting off crime. So yeah, I do want to be a serious actress in a serious position.

LRM: That would be very interesting. I’m curious—what kind of music do you prefer?

Diamond White: I listen to all genres except for country. [Laughter] Maybe some country songs. But, it’s not really my thing.

I am more very alternative, left, in terms of music. I make music in the level of unexpectance. Whatever you expect me to do—it’s definitely not going to be on what I’m doing. Going into the industry as an African-American girl, they expect you to be another Rhianna or another Beyonce. I am making my sound to be so me. It could only be compared to me. That is where I am going in my musical journey.

LRM: That’s pretty aggressive and pretty ambitious. I like that.

Diamond White: [Laughter] Thank you.

LRM: Could you tell me about your other upcoming projects for youself?

Diamond White: I do have a movie coming out called ROCK STEADY ROW. I play this girl named Piper. It’s a movie based in college about an underground bike ring. This movie has a message since it speaks a lot on what happens in college. The whole “no” means “no.” It revolves the situations of females in college and the way frats carry themselves. It had a deep underlying message. I really had fun in that movie.

I do have a few upcoming animated shows that I can’t really say right now.

As far as music, I have a project called TAPE. Basically, I’m dedicating a lot of time this year to in the studio and to write something that will be so amazing. People will say, “Whoa. We need to start paying attention to this girl.”

LRM: [Laughter] That’s awesome. One last question—since you’re just embarking in your career, is there anybody that you would love, love to work with in the future? Just a wish list.

Diamond White: I would love to really work with Pharrell. That’s self-explanatory. Then there’s an artist I love so much and her name is Nao. She’s performing at Coachella this year. I’m so excited to see her. Beyonce, of course. And what the heck—let’s also say Drake. That’ll be amazing.

Also, Jaden and Willow Smith. I like their eclectic style. And of course, my friends Chloe and Halle. I love them. That’s my wish list right now.

LRM: That’s a pretty great wish list. Thank you for this conversation, Diamond.

Diamond White: Thank you so much. Have a good day.

BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN is out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download tomorrow.

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