Taraji talks about the new romantic comedy 'Think like a Man". Taraji also dished on her character, Lauren, as well as what Michael Ealy was like on set, whether they got intimate and whether she’d take their on-screen romance off screen.
On her character in ‘Think Like A Man’ Lauren
She is her own man, Lauren. She is the epitome of a successful, strong, independent woman and she has this list of her ideal man and she’s tough but she meets this guy who humbles her. He’s everything not on the list, but he sends his best representative and then she finds out that he doesn’t even make four figures.
On Micheal Ealy
He’s alright. I mean he is quite ugly to me. No, that’s a joke. He’s fine. He is gorgeous and because I know him now, he has become like a dear friend of mine. He is a really good guy and he is from the DMV, DC, Maryland and Virgina [area]. He is from Silver Spring, [Maryland]. He’s a cutie pie. You know what your not going to catch me off guard like you did the last time. [And] yes we were kissing for real!! Those were real kisses. I love my job! [<--Taraji is trying it] I was excited about getting up at 5 am in the morning. He was more excited about kissing me though. [Oh she's really trying it]
On their on screen relation
It was everything you do in a relationship besides the sex part. We didn’t do that.
On whether they really got intimate
No we kept it PG13. He is very professional, that’ss what I love about him […]. The first day on the set was the day he was putting chocolate on my thigh. That was the first day.
On how he got the chocolate off
He licked it off. I was like, I need another take.
On whether she needed a body double
No, I didn’t. Who needs a body double with that? But okay, lets keep it professional. He came to me and he asked me, ‘So whats off limits,?’ and I am very uninhibited when it comes to working and acting because I feel like I can’t bring Taraji issues to the character, otherwise I’m being Taraji and not the character. So if we are not kissing for real then how is the relationship going to read to the people? Do you fake kiss someone you are intimately involved with?
On whether she is currently in a relationship
No, not yet but its coming. I mean, don’t get it twisted, don’t feel sorry for me because I could have 10 men if I wanted them, but i am looking for the right one
On whether she would date Michael Ealy
You know you guys are so funny. Everybody has been hitting me with that, Wendy hit me with that ‘Well you know Michael iis successful?’ I don’t mix my business with pleasure because nobody is coming between me and my coins. I don’t care how fine he is and here is the deal with the dangers of playing these […] well when your on the set and your portraying these characters, those feelings are real. I mean for me, they are, but I’m professional and I know its a job and I go to work to make pretend and I see how people fall in love on set but I’m smart enough to know that when they yell ‘CUT’ it’s a wrap. You go back to your regular life and then what happens when you find out that you really fell in love with the character because ‘you, buddy are nothing like that character’. You realize that you’ve been living in a world of make believe. So, I try to separate the two.
Now, when the movie is over and months later there is still chemistry going, I am not opposed to exploring that, but I don’t go into the job thinking, ‘Oh that’s who I am going to date next’ because its not about dating, It’s about a job.
On whether it would be wrong to date him
Now, that I know him personally, no it wouldn’t. But see that’s the problem with all these reality television shows with all these couples.
On Micheal Ealy asking her what was off limits
He was like ”What can I touch?,’ ‘What can we do?,’ ‘What can I not touch?’ and I was like ‘You know what? Go for it!’ Now, go for it meaning in the most professional way possible, like of course you are not going to be grinding on me if it’s not called for. We were never totally nude, so there was a barrier of clothing and blankets. It was very professional but in a believe way that it was real.