We were fortunate enough to talk ish with actress & singer…Drew Sidora!!! Drew has been featured in television shows and movies such as That’s So Raven, The Game, White Chicks, VH1’s TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool and that’s only just to name a few. Drew is not only known for the many roles she’s played, she’s also known for her singing ability. Let’s get to know Drew Sidora…
3 Voices: You had a major recurring role on The Game. What was that experience like? How did that role change things for you?
Drew Sidora: Working on The Game was a lot of fun. Obviously…people love it still. I was just happy to be a part of it honestly. When I was on The Game it was a new show, so we didn’t know if it was gonna be accepted, we didn’t know if people were gonna like it, so I think it was just us really enjoying having a job. I think it was very innocent. When you first get started and you don’t know if it’s gonna be a hit show, it’s different from when you come onto a hit show. I think what we did in the beginning was effortless and us just having a lot of fun. We were just happy to have booked a job and I think that’s what people really loved about it is that you felt like you could relate to everybody on the show. There weren’t any egos; everyone was super down to earth. Even the executive producer would talk to us and try to find out things that we experienced so that she could make the show as truthful and honest as possible, and I think that’s another reason why people loved the show because they could really relate to it.
Honestly, it changed for me because I got a chance to use my real name and really let people know that I do music and just branding. You never get to play yourself unless you’re a huge star, so obviously that was pretty big for them to like me enough to really believe in me enough to let me play myself. It gave me recognition and now people know my name. People are like, “You played Drew Sidora on The Game”, and I’m like that’s my real name too that my mom gave me. So it was an awesome opportunity to be able to do that. A lot of people don’t get that type of look, early in their career.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become an actress? Who are some actresses that have influenced your career?
Drew Sidora: It was innate because I was playing piano at like age 3 and I just loved performing, even if it was for my family at home. I would dance and sing and I just loved to make people laugh at a young age. It wasn’t long before I was in a lot of theatre…you know Chicago is really big for theatre, so I did a lot of that in the city. In school, I was participating in a lot of theatrical groups they had.
I booked my first job at 8. My sister, who is also my manager, shout out to Allison, she actually worked on Martin, Roc, and Amen. She worked at William Morris agency, which is one of the top agencies in the country. So she was calling back home to my mom in Chicago and saying if she really wants to do this, this is how it has to be done. When we went to visit her she would take me around to different events and I got to meet people. I met Cicely Tyson and that was inspiration for me, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. My sister got me an audition when I went to visit her when I was 8 years old and I booked it. It was a TV movie for Fox called Divas. My first time on set I was working with Nicole Ari Parker and Khalil Kain, and that’s when I knew I wanted to do it professionally. It was just a matter of time before I was able to finish school and really just pursue it. So I’ve known since age 8. Meeting Cicely Tyson, meeting Angela Bassett, and working with Nicole Ari Parker at such a young age, I was definitely inspired by those ladies. My sister being in the industry, helping, supporting, and guiding me made it a lot easier for me to understand the business and how to be successful.
3 Voices: You have played in several movies and tv shows. What would be Drew Sidora ideal role for any movie?
Drew Sidora: I definitely want to challenge myself and do things that I haven’t been able to do. I would love to do a period piece, something where I’m able to really study history. I was inspired by 12 Years a Slave, things like that, that tells a part of our history that means so much to us as African-Americans. I definitely have to do one of those types of films challenges you.
For me, what I’m looking to do in the short future is conditioning my body and getting in great shape to go and do more action films. You don’t see a lot of women of color becoming super heroes. Taking after Angelina Jolie and those women that I think are great actresses and strong showcases of women in a feature role, I think that we need more black women in those roles. We can have a doll and be seen in a way to inspire young black girls to see that we can be that too. I definitely want to break a barrier and do more of that. You don’t see enough of us doing it. I want to start to do more of those types of films and breaking down those walls. If there are only a few of us playing in those action roles, I hope to be one of the few that can open up the doors for others like us to play in action films.
3 Voices: One of your biggest movies yet is probably CrazySexyCool, where you play the lead role as T-Boz. What was that experience like? What was some advice that TLC gave you about playing them in the movie?
Drew Sidora: That was the most challenging role I’ve had, actually having to play someone who people can go on Youtube or still see in real life and be like, “Did she do a good job?’ They can check behind all of the things I did, so it was a lot more difficult than taking a character and just creating something from scratch and making it my own. That brought great challenges. Really nailing her physique, because they were known for having banging bodies and getting her voice, because she is known for her lower register. Getting the dance moves, mannerisms, all of that. Most importantly for me was to be able to bring [it], because we know T-Boz, but to actually bring her true self to the forefront was what I wanted to do. We all know the story of TLC, but I wanted people to get to know Tionne Watkins.
She really helped me to nail her emotional state of mind. You know where she was at different parts of her life, so that I could better understand how she felt and how those situations made her stronger or really broke her down. She was really hands on. We would talk on the phone like all night just so that she could give me as much information as possible. She let me pick her brain a lot. Working with them was awesome. We still keep in touch to this day. They really played a big part in allowing us to really recreate them. It was a lot of fun going back into the 90s, wearing the baggy clothes, and singing those songs. It was just awesome. Doing Scrubs we got to wear the costumes, so that was dope, the red hair and all that crazy makeup. It was just an awesome experience. A once in a lifetime type of role, but it was definitely challenging to me. So I’m really excited to do more roles that really challenge me.
3 Voices: You have made some music of your own, including Til the Dawn from the original Step Up soundtrack. How long have you been singing? Are you currently working on new music?
Drew Sidora: Yes, actually I have a single dropping through Slip N Slide, it’s called Whistle featuring my hometown girl, Shawnna. I’m very excited about the record. It’s a club banger, I know y’all are gonna love it. I’m really excited about this record. It’s been a long time that I’ve been working on my music, and I think that music is something that has to have a time and place. So I think right now, with the movie people are checking for my music and asking me a lot for music. I think now more than ever is a great time for me to release it. So I’m excited.
3 Voices: What’s next for Drew Sidora? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
Drew Sidora: I definitely wanna talk about Dream Makers, which is my foundation. We actually did my kick off in the Roseland community for young girls that are looking for an outlet to express themselves through art. I had Andrea Kelly from Hollywood Exes come out and do a choreography workshop. One of my producers, Cajun came out and did a music workshop and I did theatrical workshops. We tried to talk to the girls about things that they’re experiencing in the inner city and things that they would like to see done. Dream Makers was there to offer all kinds of services. We’re getting ready for a fundraising gala in the summer and we’re gonna be doing more workshops in the city as well. I’m really about giving back to my city and trying to make change wherever I can help. I wanna be an inspiration to anyone that needs it, so I’m excited about that. That’s like my heart and my baby.
I’m also currently filming The Preacher’s Son, which is an adaptation of the New York Times best-selling book. I’m really excited about that, it will be released some time later this year. Also, I have a show on bounce TV, it’s a series called One Love, with the late Sherman Hemsley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chico Benymon, Mark Curry, and Carl Payne. It’s a great, great show. It’s doing really well on Bounce TV, it’s killing them there. Tune in every Tuesday to check it out. I’ve also been doing The Morning Buzz on VH1, I’m co-hosting with Nick Lachey, so you can also go to VH1’s website and check that out. I’m just working a lot. Really busy time.
3 Voices: How can the people reach Drew Sidora on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Drew Sidora: www.drewsidora.com. Twitter.com./DrewSidora, Facebook.com/DrewSidoraOfficial, Instagram.com/DrewSidoraOfficial
And there you have it people! You heard it all from Drew Sidora herself! Be sure to check out her website www.drewsidora.com and follow her on all social media sites for any updates about any movies she’s featured in and songs she’s working on. Much more success to you Drew and keep in touch!
Here’s CrazySexyCool teaser: