She played Faith Evans in the movie Notorious and was recently shouted out by Nas on his single, “Nasty,” when he rhymed, “Maserati, pumpin’ Biggie, the great legend/Blastin’, I’m after the actress who played Faith Evans.”
Now, actor Antonique Smith will appear alongside Taylor Lautner (from the Twilight movies) in the action-thriller Abduction, which hits theaters September 23. “I kind of liken it to a Mission Impossible,” said Smith, who was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. “It’s going to be a big weekend.” The beautiful blonde bombshell took time out to talk to XXL about her portrayal of Faith, the Nas shout-out and her own budding music career.—Mark Lelinwalla
XXL: How was it growing up in New Jersey?
Antonique Smith: I’m from New Jersey, real Jersey, though. East Orange by Naughty by Nature and them. They were around the corner from me. I was a little girl in the park, watching Treach and them ride by in their cars like, “What’s good!” It was a good time.
Did you grow up on hip-hop?
I grew up listening to everything because my parents were like that. As a singer, though, my influences were Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey. Those were the people I actually grew up singing to. I love everybody from Prince to Coldplay, of course Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyoncé. All that. I even love Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift. System of a Down. I listen to everything… even a little bit of opera.
Nas shouted you out on his current single, “Nasty.” How did that feel?
He shouted me out on the song, which I thought was really sweet. I had never met him before and he called me sometime after that and said that he was initially afraid that I’d be upset about it because he wasn’t sure how I took it, but I thought it was sweet. He’s really nice. Word for word, he’s an incredible rapper. I’ve always been a fan and that line is a really dope line. We’re going to do some music together.
Yeah! I would love that. Like I said, I’ve always been a fan and that’s something I think would be so cool. It was random and awesome that he shouted me out and then it was like, “Ok, he shouted me out, do I reach out to him?” But then he reached out to me, we got cool and we been talking about doing some music. That would be crazy. I think that would be dope!
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