By Cynthia Horner
It was meant for Karrueche Tran to land a starring role in her first comedy, “A Weekend With The Family,” the comedy is about a young attorney (Marques Houston) who looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm while secretly dating his boss’ daughter. His goal is to marry her, but when his loving girlfriend Tran) decides to arrange a surprise family weekend get-together, his plans blow up in his face.
HHW: This is the ideal role for you, isn’t it?
KARRUECHE TRAN: It was fun. In the film there’s this huge culture clash because I come from a Korean/Black family and I meet his (Marques Houston) family. And we have this weekend where we are trying to get along and what we realize is that we have more in common that what we expected.
How did you get involved the film?
It’s a comedy, and I hadn’t done one before. After I read the script, I thought it was so funny. And it was my first shot; and I was down for it.
Were you familiar with Marques Houston from IMX and Immature fame?
Yes, I had heard of him before and I had heard his music. I had seen him on “Sister, Sister,” too. He is so great to work with; he is funny, he keeps you going. I learned a lot from him as an actor.
I have to say that people love you. How do you feel about being an icon?
Icon is a very strong word. When I think of icon, I think of Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Janet Jackson, And for me to be considered an icon is pretty crazy to me. I’m just starting out as myself as a model and actor and I have a long way to go to live up to those women. But I think I appreciate it, and I hope I continue to be and be genuine and to influence people to love themselves.
How do you handle yourself and is it difficult being in the entertainment business?
I try to be as professional as possible and try to keep focused on my work. Behind closed doors I am a homebody. I’m laid back. I am at home cooking, hanging out with my friends; I am a goof ball I have a lot more personality than what people think. Unfortunately in the media sometimes there’s a lot of drama or a lot of stuff that doesn’t show me as a person. But the more I work, the more I do, the more people will see me for who I am.