Vivica A. Fox Talks "Glam God" and Soaps With Daytime Confidential

Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0





From Days of Our Lives to turns on hit primetime shows andA-list movie roles, Vivica A. Fox has seen and done it all during her 20-odd years in the business. I recently caught up with the fabulous Ms. Fox via cell phone, while she was in Toronto for a 44th birthday party thrown by some of her best friends, including our pal Nelson Branco (TV Guide Canada). Fox talked about her role as Maya on the groundbreaking-yet-short-lived NBC soap Generations and provided inside dish on her new VH1 reality show Glam God with Vivica A. Fox.

404

Daytime Confidential: First of all, I just wanted to say how great you looked in the pics from your birthday!

Vivica A. Fox: Thank you so much! I had a fabulous night. My friends really know how to treat a sister well! Muzik [the nightclub where Fox's party was held] really knows how to turn out a great event. It was glamorous, elegant; I will recommend Muzik to anyone wanting to have a classy affair. It was unbelievable.

DC: So let's talk about your new show for VH1, Glam God with Vivica A. Fox. What is the concept behind the show?

VAF: Glam God is basically a styling show. We moved 12 stylists into a loft in downtown LA and put them to the test for the chance at a $100,000 prize and their own styling agent.

From Days of Our Lives to turns on hit primetime shows andA-list movie roles, Vivica A. Fox has seen and done it all during her 20-odd years in the business. I recently caught up with the fabulous Ms. Fox via cell phone, while she was in Toronto for a 44th birthday party thrown by some of her best friends, including our pal Nelson Branco (TV Guide Canada). Fox talked about her role as Maya on the groundbreaking-yet-short-lived NBC soap Generations and provided inside dish on her new VH1 reality show Glam God with Vivica A. Fox.

Daytime Confidential: First of all, I just wanted to say how great you looked in the pics from your birthday!

Vivica A. Fox: Thank you so much! I had a fabulous night. My friends really know how to treat a sister well! Muzik [the nightclub where Fox's party was held] really knows how to turn out a great event. It was glamorous, elegant; I will recommend Muzik to anyone wanting to have a classy affair. It was unbelievable.

DC: So let's talk about your new show for VH1, Glam God with Vivica A. Fox. What is the concept behind the show?

VAF: Glam God is basically a styling show. We moved 12 stylists into a loft in downtown LA and put them to the test for the chance at a $100,000 prize and their own styling agent.



DC: Twelve stylists in one house all vying for the same prize, that sounds like drama!

VAF: Oh baby was there drama! (laughs) You will just have to tune in to see for yourself! My stylist, [Fati Parsia] and I had them going through several styling challenges that real life celebrity stylists go through everyday, such as styling stars for red carpet events, dressing A-Listers for movie premieres, the Oscars, the MTV Awards. We also had them do a challenge where they had to style a Hollywood "It" girl for a hot party and the "It" girl damages the dress! You wouldn't believe how many times that happens.

DC: How did the show come about?

VAF: After I hosted the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, Jeff Olde [VH1's executive vice-president for original programming and production] complimented me on my hosting abilities. He asked if I would be interested in doing a reality show. At that point it all became about finding a show that was the right fit. I wasn't trying to do one of those shows where people followed me around, because I value my private life too much, so when the idea of a reality competition set in the world of glamour came up we knew it would be a perfect fit, because I am all about the glamour honey!

DC: It sounds like fun!

404

VAF: Oh it is! I have a Glam Panel, which includes Mel Bromley of Us Weekly,Phillip Bloch, who styled Halle Berry the year she won the Oscar, and me.

DC: Early in your career, you appeared on Days of Our Lives (ex-Carmen) and later landed the role of Maya opposite Kristoff St. John(ex-Adam, Generations; Neil, The Young and the Restless) on Generations. What was it like working on soaps?

VAF: Wow, I owe so much to soaps. Soaps taught me work ethic, memorization skills, you name it! When you're on a soap opera, you have 30-40 pages to memorize every day. Not to mention having to hit your marks very quickly, because they don't have time to play with you! To this day, on any set I am on, the other actors can ask, "Hey Viv, what's my line?" and I can tell them because of soaps. Soap actors are very underappreciated for the work they do.

DC: What was it like to be a part of the cast of Generations?

VAF: Generations was my first contract role. Maya is one of my favorite characters that I've played. Generations was the first soap to equally feature African-Americans alongside white actors. I was really disappointed that NBC didn't give us more time [Generations aired from March 27, 1989 - Jan. 25, 1991].

DC: One of my favorite recurring themes from Generations were Maya's catfights with Doreen (Jonelle Allen) over Adam!

VAF: (Laughs) Oh yeah, we definitely had our Dynasty moments!

DC: I don't think I had ever seen that done on daytime before with black characters. They were always the noble doctor or lawyer.

VAF: We were definitely ahead of our time.

DC: Your next soap gig was on The Young and the Restless in 1995 where you had just started airing opposite Shemar Moore as Stephanie. Then you landed a little movie called Independence Day with Will Smith.

VAF: Yeah that one [Independence Day] did do pretty good huh (laughs)?

DC: At this point in your career would you ever go back to daytime?

VAF: Sure! Listen, I don't turn my nose up at work. All I ask is that I play a diva!

DC: Well, we've been saying at DC forever that The Bold and the Beautiful needs a black fashionista...

VAF: Hey, tell them to call a sista!

Glam God with Vivica A. Fox airs over eight episodes on Thursday nights at 10 pm EST on VH1.