“I had to learn a piece of choreography, do a monologue off the top of my head, and do something they prepared for the character—all with no script. “I came to New York for a whole summer with my mother,” she recalls.“Broadway really inspired me to want to act.”Luckily, her father, a local R&B singer, and her mother, an accountant, were equally inspired.Since then, they have been defending their whirlwind romance and relationship.
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Sometimes you have to show you’re human and play the part.”.
Co-starring with box-office favorites Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Renee Zellweger, Mya plays a seductive murderess named Mona, whose outfit in the notoriously lascivious musical consists mostly of hot pants and strategically placed pasties, à la her “Marmalade” cohort Lil’ Kim.
After all, in visual terms, her last fling in public was as a lingerie-dipped harlot in the made-for-MTV, sugar-romp video for “Lady Marmalade,” alongside infamous big-league sexpots Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Pink.
The song and video marked a maturation, of sorts, for Mya Harrison.
In clips that have been uploaded to Instagram, the 35-year-old gyrated across a stage speckled with dollar bills as she sang “Moving On.” Naturally, everyone and their mama had something to say about the Grammy Award-winning songbird booking an engagement at a strip club–including the 27-year-old, who blasted the Grammy award-winning singer in a series of posts on Facebook. Been doin’ strip clubs, LGBT clubs, dance clubs, straight clubs, concerts, festivals since 1998 to date. Instagram generation is late as hell.” Since her defiant comments, a number of fans have rushed to her defence, instead directing their ire at Bow Wow and his new fiancée, Erica Mena.
“I can’t stop laughing at the video my homie sent me of Mya on the stripper stage dancing. Haha Hell she coulda borrowed that 1500 performance fee from the local D boy if it was that serious,” he wrote. If not who advised that it was smart to perform and dance on the stripper stage.” According to Necole Bitchie, Mya eventually addressed her critics, saying: “I am whatever I choose to be when I choose to be it. One wrote: "U got room to talk about some one when Ur [girl] is an ex escort worker..get it together!
They arranged for Mya to move from suburban Maryland to New York to become a student at the Broadway Dance Center, and later study at the Dance Theater Of Harlem under the tutelage of tap whiz Savion Glover.
Then at 16, she almost landed a part in a traveling production of the musical Black & Blue, being turned down solely because of her age. “It’s really spiritual when you can get to interact with people and they actually affect how your show goes.”Not that shooting a movie allows for any audience interaction.
(“I definitely became a vegetarian when I was shooting,” she jokes.)Slated for a Christmas Day release, is sure to receive major buzz from Oscar prognosticators.