We finally got to catch up with LisaRaye McCoy! The living legend herself shared her unapologetic opinion on several topics that may ruffle some feathers. And that’s why we love her.
Find out what she dished to Natasha about dealing with mistresses, women who give it away for free on social media, what really went down before and after that on set fight with Stacey Dash, and turning down a “Real Housewives” gig for her legitimate career, inside…
You may have met LisaRaye McCoy as “Diamond” in the cult classic, Player’s Club, but these days she’s busy being a boss, a mother, a grandmother and daughter all while building her empire to remain a household name.
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Right now, she’s on lockdown at home with her mother, daughter and granddaughter, but she’s loving every minute of being with her family during theses trying times. Living in sunny Los Angeles, she’s blessed to have a home where four generations of her family can live comfortably under one roof. And while she’s making sure her family is straight, she’s also making sure her coins are straight as well. Most recently, she released a new mattresses line and has other projects coming down the pipeline.
The 52-year-old actress has reached a point in her career where she’s not doing anything she doesn’t want to. And she told Natasha all about it in a new YBF Podcast episode.
“I am in full control of me and my career and I don’t want to have to do anything I don’t want to do. I’m in full control of me and my career,” she told Natasha in the new podcast episode.
The YBF actress is currently starring in UMC’s “A House Divided” and one thing her character talks about in the series is…mistresses. A topic LisaRaye is all too familiar with.
“I have a lot of experience [in life]. I’m not the age that I am and not have my share of stories,” she said.
If you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t up on tea, LisaRaye divorced her former husband, ex-Premier Michael Misick, after she found out he was cheating on her. She has been very vocal about her former “All Of Us” co-star Duane Martin playing a part in bringing mistresses into their marriage.
LisaRaye has been in every situation with a man you can imagine, but those experiences have shaped her into who she is today.
“I’ve had all kinds of scenarios. And from those different experiences, it makes me the woman I am now. It makes me live the way I live now. I’ll say this, I don’t have those problems [now],” she shared.
Thankfully she recognized the bullsh*t and decided to leave rather than stay in a toxic situation and that’s commendable.
As she became a big name in Hollywood, the “sex symbol” label was given to her after her role in the iconic stripper film, Player’s Club. So, it wasn’t a surprise to see her on the cover of a magazine in something scantily clad. However, she always kept it classy. These days, the rules have changed. Women are quick to show their “ass”ets and more for free on social media. LisaRaye dropped some gems for the ladies who are quick to show it all (and only show it all) to the masses.
“Stop taking your clothes off and don’t be a part of the casting couch,” she said. “When you think about a real sex symbol – that’s deemed a sex symbol – it’s not because you saw her in complete nudity. It’s because it was something about her that was sexy without her taking her clothes off. When you see her fully dressed, you imagine what she looks like. If you just giving it to them on the ‘Gram, then it ain’t nothing to imagine and nothing to see once you get in that situation. So, stop it. Stop giving them the goods for FREE!”
“If you doing it, do it for a check! Not for the damn Instagram! Dare to be different. Bring your sexy in a whole different way to stand out,” she said.
Not even mad at this.
Switching gears, LisaRaye opened up about what really went down between her and Stacey Dash on the set of “Single Ladies.” The two actresses constantly clashed on set, and one day tensions boiled over that resulted in Stacey pointing her finger in LisaRaye’s face. And sis wasn’t having it.
“When that night happened and she flipped out, I don’t believe it was personal at all,” she explained. “I don’t believe she was just coming after me because she’s really not that kind of person. She just got it twisted and f*cked up real quick. She felt like she could talk to me in a way of which I was just going to sit down is the only thing I can think of.”
“I could have torn her head off,” she said.
LisaRaye said she’s not fighting on set and she’s def not fighting on television – i.e. reality TV.
She revealed she was approached about doing “Real Housewives” seven years ago, but she declined.
“I politely gave them the ‘No Thank You.’ I actually have a legitimate career,” she explained.
She then explained why she would never do reality television.
“I’m really not a fan of reality TV right now,” she shared. “It’s so much buffoonery and so much negativity that I’m shocked at the shi* that they show.”
As a grandmother, a mother and a mature woman she said she’s not about that reality life because ish can get real and she’ll end up with a lawsuit on her hands.
“I’m just like – that’s how you would treat your friend? I can’t be in a scene like that because then it would turn real for me and then it would be no more scenes because I would tear that mutha up and I’d be sued.”
“I’m too old for certain sh*t and I refuse to showcase that kind of stuff on TV being a grown, respectable woman,” she explained.
Perfect explanation. We wouldn’t want to see her on reality TV with all of its shenanigans, but she did say she’s super supportive of her girl Garcelle Beauvais doing her thing as the first black cast member on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
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LisaRaye said there are a few actresses she calls friends, including Vivica A. Fox, Tichina Arnold and she reuniting with Tisha Campbell after she divorced Duane Martin.
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Check out LisaRaye on “A House Divided” which airs Thursdays on UMC!
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