La La Anthony Loves Her Life
The reality TV star discusses making her stage debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, her style icons, and her love of theater.
THEATERMANIA: How did this role come about?
LA LA ANTHONY: I'm expanding into acting, and I wanted to show people that I am credible and that I know what I am doing. When I heard that Love, Loss, and What I Wore was looking for new people, I went in and auditioned. Theater is the perfect medium.
TM: Are you finding theater different from television?
LA: Absolutely. It is completely different. I was speaking with my friend, Ciara, about this today. It is such a great feeling you get from the audience. You feel the energy. The hustle and bustle backstage right before show time is incredible.
TM: The production is currently celebrating its two-year anniversary Off-Broadway. What do you think keeps this show going?
LA: Women can relate to this show. There is a story everyone can relate to. My cousin, a breast cancer survivor, came to see it, and there is a story about breast cancer. My husband didn't stop laughing from beginning to end. I expect to see him in the audience a couple of more times!
TM: How would you describe your personal style?
LA: For me, every day is different. It all depends on how I'm feeling. If it's a day where I feel great in sweats, I can make that style fun and look good.
LA: Actually, one of the monologues I have is about shoes and deciding whether to wear heels or flats. That's actually something I go through everyday.
TM: Is it true you have designed a shoe for charity?
LA: I did design a shoe for ShoeDazzle and the proceeds went to charity. It was an amazing experience. I was able to put my own design together, and the shoe sold out. I hope to do more of that in the future.
TM: Would you consider developing your own clothing line?
LA: Anything is possible. I'd prefer to start with shoes. I'm actually exploring that right now and will see where it goes.
TM: Who are your fashion icons?
LA: My go-to answer is Jennifer Lopez. I am best friends with Kelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian, and I love being able to raid their closets. TM: What was the last show you saw on Broadway?
LA: Spider-Man, because of my son. I've seen The Lion King more than any human being in America. We have traveled with the cast! I like to expose my son to theater.
LA: I'm not sure yet. It was a bit nerve-wracking in the beginning because you don't know if people will have an interest in your life, but people are interested. So, I'm very happy. But I want to see where my acting career is going to take me.