Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” Star Taja V. Simpson Tells Us About His New Movie “Lola 2” and Upcoming Project

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Taja V. Simpson is best known for her role as Priscilla in Tyler Perry the oval. Simpson spoke to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his new movie, Lola 2, and his upcoming project. Here is what she had to say.

Taja V. Simpson stars in “Lola 2”

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Simpson plays in Lola 2, which is the sequel to the 2020 film Lola. The film, due for release in March 2022 on Tubi, is about a woman who resumes boxing after a sexual assault. In Lola 2, audiences see Lola’s life after starting a romantic relationship and having a baby. The character struggles to decide whether to quit his profession to focus on his family or continue his boxing career.

Simpson says Lola 2 is about a woman who tries to find herself after being assaulted. “She had to learn and grow from that, and she went into self defense,” Simpson told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “She ends up becoming a boxer, and that’s what gives her confidence and strength. And she finds her own self-esteem.

Simpson adds that Lola 2 is about the underdog who overcomes difficult times. She says that by reading the script for the film, she knew it was a story she wanted to tell.

How Taja V. Simpson Prepared For The Role Of Lola

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Preparing to play Lola was both physically and emotionally difficult. Simpson says the first thing she had to do was learn to box. “As an actor, if I want to get my hands on something, I want to give it my all and do my best,” she says. “I trained for months for this role so I could know how to move like a boxer and know the terminology of a boxer.”

Although Simpson is athletically trained, she says it has nothing to do with boxing. She had to learn all the basics of boxing before taking on the role. “It was like having almost two left feet,” Simpson joked. She says learning to box was like learning “an entirely new skill set.” She said she initially felt like her brain and body weren’t coordinated. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury during the process.

“It was excruciating, to be honest,” Simpson admits. “I didn’t realize what boxers go through. I have a newfound respect for them because maintaining your body is just as important as training your body. I also admire the mental courage it takes to overcome fatigue and overcome failure.

Taja V. Simpson wanted to “breathe life” in Lola

Simpson says she was thrilled to tell Lola’s story. She knew this character would resonate with a lot of people and she wanted to do her best to tell the story the best she could. This required him to prepare not only physically but also mentally for the role. Simpson says Lola goes through a lot of emotional ups and downs. Lola navigates a new relationship while working through the experience of being physically assaulted.

“The emotional roller coaster Lola had to go through was, as an actor, inspiring,” Simpson said. “I feel like as women we go through a lot in general, especially as black women, so it made me want to step into those shoes and bring that character to life. in a way that would resonate with the audience. I want them to cheer on Lola along the way, not just in the ring, but in her life.

What’s next for Taja V. Simpson

Simpson founded the Working Actors Academy. The objective of the program is to provide advice and guidance to the next generation. Simpson says she was inspired to start academy after she continued to wonder about how to become an actor. What started out as phone calls and informational emails to those who wanted to become actors turned into a book she co-wrote with Sabrina M. Revelle titled Decipher the actor code.

Shortly after the release of his book, Simpson was cast as Tyler Perry the oval. Therefore, she received even more questions about becoming an actress. She says this ultimately led her to create The Working Actors Academy, which includes online courses and live online sessions. “I give them the skills and tools that actors need to be successful,” says Simpson.

Simpson recently published another book. His book, Women who shine, was released in August.

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