We recently caught up with R&B diva Syleena Johnson as she was promoting her new musical-drama movie “Couples Therapy.” The film was co-produced by Syleena, directed by Tangie B. Moore, and stars herself along with other R&B artists including Leela James, Dave Hollister and Willie Taylor. In our new interview with Syleena Johnson we talked about her new film which aired on BET and how the idea to make a musical-drama came about, we also talked to Syleena about the recent cancellation of R&B divas ATL and more.
Syleena: It actually wasn’t my idea, it started off as a one hour special we wanted to do a series of videos, but then Tangie wanted to turn into a actual full length movie. I always write stories and she saw that and she turned that into The Couples Therapy movie.
YMMW: A lot of fans were shocked to hear that R&B Divas Atlanta was cancelled, are you done with reality TV or do you have your own show in the works planned?
Syleena: Well I can’t tell (laughs) just like I kept this movie under wraps for so long I don’t like to talk on stuff like that because then if it doesn’t happen then you have to go and retract what you said. I’ll just say this; there is a lot that is to come. I would like to move more towards scripted material I think reality TV is awesome and it opened up a lot of doors for me to be able to do things like this, but my main focus is always to merge into scripted material. It’s a lot less dramatic and a lot less stressful, and acting has been a passion of mines since high school and it was actually my minor in college a lot of people do not know that about me but I’ve always had a love for acting so I’m really excited about the premiere of Couples Therapy.
Syleena: Absolutely, the weird thing is when I was filming this movie we filmed it in the summer and my husband and I were actually going through things and I got the call from Marriage boot camp to do it, so the filming of marriage boot camp happened after filming the movie. But the album is based on me being in couples therapy before this concept even happened, my husband and I were in therapy two years prior before the album was even constructed that’s where I got the Idea from, that’s why I named the album Couples Therapy. I just took Ideas and pigged back off Ideas producers helped me write we collectively put together what you hear sonically then Tangie took what she heard and turned into this visual that you will see.
So the concept of Couples Therapy happened years ago because my husband and I literally went through some things and was still going through them during the filming and there are a lot of cool things that go on in the story that touch on real issues and relationships.