Keshia Knight Pulliam: A Q&A with the former Cosby kid...who's playing a hooker now

Keshiaknightpulliam_lYes, onetime Cosby Show moppet Keshia Knight Pulliam plays a prostitute named Candy in Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail. Here, she talks about living down the Huxtables and joining Perry’s band of players.

You really play a prostitute?
She also has a little drug problem. Like all of Tyler’s movies, it’s really good at getting you laughing, but it also gets a message in there. Her story’s a universal one about choice. It was definitely the most dramatic role I’ve played to date.

But Rudy Huxtable as a prostitute — really?
What people forget is that I’m an actress. That’s the wonderful thing about what I do. I get to play different roles. And Rudy was a really, really long time ago. I will be 30 on April 9.

You have a recurring role on Perry’s TBS series House of Payne. Is that how you got this job?
Actually, he had me in mind for a different role, Derek Luke’s character’s fiancée, the young DA from a good family. The sort of Huxtable trajectory. But being the Keshia that I am, I said, "I’m thankful. However, I really want to play Candy."

And he just handed the role over to you?
He said, "If you believe you can do this, I believe you can." But of course I did a table read before it was officially offered to me, because there were a lot of naysayers. They were like, "Rudy as a hooker?"

What’s your dream role then?
If Janet Jackson does the story of her life and I’m still young enough, I am there. No one can pull her off like I can. I have a dance background. I’m definitely not cutting an album anytime soon, but I can lip-synch all day. I can’t sing, but I can act like it very well.


Comments (4 total) Add your comment
  • Starrene

    Speaking of former Cosby kids. MC Hammer’s family is a lot like the Huxtables, and they’re getting a show.

  • beelkay

    Poor typecast actors…there must be nothing they dread more than people equating them with their most famous roles. Sarah Jessica Parker/Carrie, Neil Patrick Harris/Doogie, Wil Wheaton/Wesley, etc.

  • harry

    baby baby baaby!!!

  • Herndon Davis

    I saw an advance screening of the movie. Although slightly more serious, its still very funny.
    Keisha Knight Pulliam portrays “Candace”

    David Mann portrays “Mr. Brown”

    Derek Luke portrays “Joshua”

    Madea Goes to Jail Movie Review

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