2014, Naturi Naughton, Photo Shoot in New York, NY USA April 21, 2014.

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Naturi Naughton: When I’m working, on stage, entertaining people, or watching someone do something amazing, it inspires me to be the best artist that I can be. I enjoy being around art—whether it be a museum, a Broadway show—or even writing a poem. Those are things that make me feel alive and inspire me.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

NN: I feel the most vulnerable when I’m in love. When my heart is open, and when life is making me feel like I have to open up myself completely. Love has a tendency to do that.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

NN: Remember to be yourself.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

NN: I deal with emotional pain through therapy, writing, therapy in music. I think emotional pain is best dealt with when you use art to express it.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

NN: I’m really starting to learn the value of silence and meditation. I keep my sanity in the middle of a hectic day by taking some me time or sometimes watching a guilty pleasure on TV, doing absolutely nothing, or just hanging out with friends and family. They keep me grounded and centered.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

NN: Never compromise and sell yourself short. I’ve been in the music business, a girl group . . . I’ve been through so many different things in my career, and when you compromise and try to let go of who you are, you wind up being unhappy, and what is success without happiness. You have to have both, and that is important to me.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

NN: God is real. God is in me and in my life. I’ve been blessed, and he continues to bless me, and that is one thing that I will always know for sure.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

NN: Power on Starz. It’s executive-produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick. My other project is a film for BET called Let the Church Say Amen, directed by Regina King, out later this year.

MP: Why are these important to you?

NN: Because I love what I do.

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Naturi Naughton is a singer and actress best known for her performance as Lil’ Kim in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious and her role in MGM’s remake of Fame. She stars as Tasha St. Patrick opposite Omari Hardwick on Starz’s new show Power.

PHOTO: IRA BLACK

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