Singer/actress Naturi brings the sexy back in this 60’s series, The Playboy Club.
It’s the early ’60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all your fantasies… and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its time. Every Monday night viewers will step inside the seductive world of the Bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, and rub shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers (like Tina Turner and Sammy Davis, Jr.). With all these larger than life ambitions, there are even greater secrets. On the show, Naturi plays “Bunny Brenda.” She has a dream to be the first Black centerfold in Playboy magazine. She is beautiful, sassy, street-smart girl who knows what she wants and plans to get it.
HHW: Naturi, you’ve been in a lot of films, including Notorious, The Lottery Ticket and Fame, among others. What’s it like being one of the Playboy Bunnies in this new NBC series, “The Playboy Club?”
Naturi: First of all, I love the series and I love the 60s period. And my character Brenda is strong, level headed, determined and ambitious. She’s a real go-getter and she’s a good person who is friends with some of the other bunnies.
How did you like the costume that you had to wear?
When you put on the costume, you emerge into a woman. I like the color yellow, too. It goes with my skin and makes me feel like sunshine.
How did you prepare for the role?
Someone from Playboy Promotions trained us and she showed us how to be a Bunny. She trained us on how to stand and how to get into the role. We really transformed into the Bunny era.
What did you learn about being a Bunny?
She can’t get into this without the stand and the elegance. I learned so much.
Why do you like the 60s?
In the 60s you had to be classy. It’s not just about the outfit; it’s the mentality. I love the hair and makeup of the 60s.
How did you feel when you put on the costume?
I felt like a woman that has confidence and knows what I want out of life.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Bunnies. How would you describe them?
These bunnies were independent, strong willed; they weren’t just giving you body, these girls were starting businesses, going to school, etc. They were taught skills that would help them. They learned skills right there in the club.
What are some of your future plans?
I will be seen in the film Highland Park opposite Kimberly Elise and Danny Glover.
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