Posted Oct. 12, 2007 - You’d think Tyler Perry’s film, “Why Did I Get Married?” would only depress you, make you second guess the love in your life, future nuptials and perhaps men all together. Instead, the movie is much lighter. You will laugh, you may cry, you will enjoy this film.
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The big-screen adaptation of Perry’s hit stage play of the same name; “Why Did I Get Married?” is an intimate story about the hardships of maintaining a solid relationship through issues of commitment and betrayal co-starring Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba and Tyler Perry himself. This time around, Tyler hangs up the sassy, senior citizen to join the star-studded cast.
But who shines the brightest? Tasha Smith; who plays over-the-top, tell-it-like-it-is, loudmouth Angela. Even next to her co-stars she wins the crowd with her energetic personality and wit, finally giving her the shine she deserves.
On her way to New Jersey, Tasha provides the inside scoop on the cast, working with Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson, and of course – marriage. “I was going through a divorce when I was filming the movie and I had gotten my divorce papers,” said Smith.
Did you ask yourself “Why Did I Get Married?”?
I sure did and now I’m not married anymore. [Laughs] I was married for two and a half years. He’s a nice guy, but it just didn’t work out.
Did the film make you bitter? How do you feel about marriage now?
I love marriage. I think it’s beautiful. I could have every reason to not want to get married again, but I’m not going to let my last experience mess up my future opportunities. I don’t want no past experience blocking my future. I can't wait to get married again.
What will you do differently the second time around?
Communicate better. Give every person an opportunity to communicate. Communication is so important because what you communicate is what you duplicate. Use your past relationships to allow you to be smarter and more intuitive. After leaving the set of this movie, I took hope with me. Hope for marriage, and others will too.
Is your character Angela very much like you?
In every character we play, there’s always a little bit of you. We have to pull from somewhere. We may not be going through the same thing, but there were enough things happening in my life where I could understand Angela and identify with her.
You revealed on BET's Meet the Faith that you once had a drug addiction. Did that experience help you?
It helped me because I identify with so many parts of humanity. I was ashamed, but now I appreciate it and thank God for it, because it's given me a level of compassion even for the most difficult characters.
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I also read that you were an atheist, so I found it very interesting to hear you were working with Tyler Perry again, who we all know is very vocal about his faith in God.
Yes, I used to be an atheist. I went through a dark period for a few years when I didn’t believe in God. I was angry at the church, judgmental behavior and religion, but that changed at about 26 years old. I came to know that there is a God and I’m very much a believer today. I’m so grateful to have that testimony. I’ve been to the dark side and it’s a very lonely place.
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Would you say this role is your best work thus far?
Yeah, I would say so. I think this is going to be my opportunity for people to really see me and know me. I’m very proud of it.
A lot of people are very anxious to see the film.
I can’t wait for them to see it. It’s getting such a good response. I feel like there’s so much good energy around it.
Why do you think that is? Is it because it’s a Black film, or does Tyler exude good energy on set?
It was a divine hand pick of the right group that was suppose to be together. Sometimes you’re just blessed like that. It was just a right fit. Like a Nicole Miller dress. There’s something about Nicole Miller that fits my body perfect. I can always be guaranteed to just send someone to go get me a Nicole Miller size six dress, and it will just fit. That’s how it was with this cast. Everyone fit. There was no tailoring needed.
Did you feel the same energy around “Daddy’s Little Girl”?
This one is different. It’s like an extra blessing is on this movie or something. Tyler really outdid himself with this script. I think it’s his best work thus far, and I had a blast in “Daddy’s Little Girl” and I still love “Madea’s Family Reunion.” I be begging Tyler to let me see Madea. ‘Tyler, please can me and Madea go to the mall?’ [Laughs] I don’t know when Madea was coming out to play, but those tities were in the closet.
Did you drool over any of the fine men in the cast?
No, they’re all like my brothers. They always call me the mama of the set. They put me in charge of the rental cars. We always met in my room … I was given the mama role.
Were any of the fellas drooling over Janet Jackson?
We were all star struck over Janet, including Tyler Perry. We were like, ‘Oh my gosh, Janet’s coming today.’ And when she got there we were like, ‘Where’s Janet Jackson?’ ‘Where’s Rhythm Nation?’ She was so cool. We didn’t know who this chick was.
Were you sad when the taping was complete?
Yes! I fell in love with everybody on that set. You know how you fall in love and you’re all excited about the new relationship and all of a sudden it’s taken away. I got so attached to everybody. We bonded so nice. I felt like my love affair was over. Everyone was on the same page. Everybody was working hard. Everybody was so aggressive about their roles, about their character, about Tyler’s vision. We all wanted to make sure the story was told, and it was told truthfully. We all wanted Tyler to be really happy.