The “Single Moms Club” actress is promoting her latest Tyler Perry film, which hits movie theaters On March 14th.
In a candid interview, Nia talks about raising her two sons primarily on her own, thanks to longtime love Ime Udoka being on the road six months out of the year.
Nia met the San Antonia Spurs assistant coach almost five years ago and says with the help of her mom, the pair “make the situation work.”
“We maneuver the best we can, but six months out of the year, I am a single mom. This year was particularly tough,” Nia says. “I’ve worked more than I ever have since we’ve been together.”
Despite labeling herself a single mom, Nia says she didn’t find her role in the film easy, adding “It took Tyler some convincing to get me on board.”
Once signed on, Nia said her only goal was to bring “honesty” to the role, which she said came easily with her son Maissai on the set.
“This was his first acting job. He trained with my old acting coach, and my mother videotaped him on her iPhone and sent it to me. I had tears in my eyes. I forwarded it to Tyler and said, ‘Don’t be afraid to tell me the truth.’ I felt like I was up for the job. I didn’t hear anything for 48 hours. Finally, my agent called and said he got the part.”
Next up for Nia? She’ll be heading down to Atlanta to shoot the sequel to “Best Man Holiday,” due out fall of 2015.