I love Vivica Fox and have been a fan of hers for many years now.I thought she was a beautiful Brown Sista when I first saw her in an episode of The Fresh Prince, and thought she was even more beautiful when I saw her in Independence Day and Set It Off.Though still a fan, I am saddened that Vivica hated what she saw in the mirror so much, that she went out and had plastic surgery that in my opinion has left her disfigured.Below is an interview she did with BET.com, in which she touches on the issue and what she thinks of the public’s response to her going under the knife.
Vivica A. Fox: You Can Hate Me Now
What you think about Vivica is none of her business. If you’re going to hate, hate on her career longevity in Hollywood, where’s she’s arguably one of the hardest working women in show business.
Vivica A. Fox has spent much of the last two decades building a multi-media Hollywood career. Her Internet Music Database page lists more than 60 film and television credits – and that’s just as an actress. Fox, 42, recently added producer to her resume.
She produced and starred in the now defunct Lifetime show “Missing” and several other movies, including “The Salon,” which comes out this fall. Her straight-to-DVD release “The Hard Corps,” co-starring action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme is out now, and she remains the radio voice of Cadillac. (A gig with the nice fringe benefit of a free Escalade.)
Fox is also an editor-in-large at Jolie magazine. And in September, she’ll compete in ABC’s juggernaut reality show “Dancing With the Stars.”
A veteran of big-budget Hollywood films and a consistent television personality, Fox has been working in straight-to-DVD movies, which she says gives actors, writers, directors and other African-American talent a chance to showcase their work.
But while Fox is cool with talking about conquering the Hollywood jungle, ask her about plastic surgery and her easygoing girlfriend vibe evaporates. Fox told this reporter she was offended by the question even being posed. Our conversation follows.
BET.com: There are a lot of photos of you and other Black celebs on the recent crop of Black gossip blogs. Are you aware of any comments about the way you look and if so, how do you feel about it?
VF: I could care less. People are going to say what they want to say. I’m in the entertainment business, and they may prefer to be mean and cruel, but they’re entitled to their opinions. It’s life in a fishbowl. They love to build you up and break you down. It’s better to brush it off your shoulder. People like you or they don’t, but it does make you sad that your own people can be so negative. I’d love to follow them around all day and see what they look like on a 24-hour basis.
BET.com: You’ve been quoted in the past as saying that you’re OK with plastic surgery.
VF: Is this interview about plastic surgery? I don’t care. If we could skip over that, I would so appreciate it. I have said before that if plastic surgery is something that people want to go do, then do it. End of plastic surgery.
BET.com: OK, moving on. How did you hook up with Jean-Claude Van Damme for “The Hard Corps?”
VF: I like Jean-Claude, and he called me and asked me to do it. Any time you can have an interracial relationship on screen, which is something that Black women don’t get an opportunity to do, I want to do it. I really haven’t had that many interracial relationships on screen.
BET.com: Did you have to work as hard to get into shape for “Dancing With the Stars” as you did for the “Kill Bill” movies?
VF: No, that’s why it’s great to have a gig where you can get into shape. That kind of shape that I was in [for “Kill Bill”]was insane. No one works out eight hours a day, six days a week. They also controlled what we ate. I got a little bit too thin on “Kill Bill.” “Dancing with the Stars” has 30 million viewers twice week, and I’ve got a great partner who’s teaching me a lot of things. It’s a fun challenge.
BET.com: “The Hard Corps” is one of a series of straight-to to-DVD releases you’ve done. Are those movies a viable option for African-American film talent?
VF: Absolutely, because Hollywood gives you different kinds of budgets anyway. Instead of trying to get the box- office numbers that don’t get the fair shot because our movies are put in limited release, get the straight-to-DVD or cable because that’s where your people will best receive you. For actors, producers and directors, the goal is to keep working and keep getting better.
BET.com: Why has producing become important to you?
VF: “Missing” was not the first time I’ve produced. I’ve done a bunch of independent movies, including “The Salon.” When you go behind the scenes, you have to answer more questions than you care to. But I love being in control of the product that I present to my audience. I’m not just a walking, talking robot who comes in, says a line and keeps it moving. By producing, I’m able to show more positive images of the African-American community.
[Hollywood] has a tendency to make us seem very dark. I really like sitting in the back of theaters laughing, crying, cheering. That’s such a fulfillment for me as an entertainer when it’s your product.
BET.com: Will you eventually move behind the cameras for good?
VF: Oh, I definitely want to move behind the cameras. Then I don’t have to worry about what people on the Internet say. Let them beat up other people. I wish more people would want to do it. Some people don’t. They just want to pick up their check. I’ve always been a Type-A personality. After that, I want to be somewhere on a yacht, sipping champagne, knowing that I’ve lived out my life.