For Joyful Noise actress Queen Latifah, there is no question in her mind that she is ready to begin the process of expanding her family.
“I would like to [adopt.]” the 41-year-old singer reveals to Access Hollywood. “Why not? You know, why not?”
It seems that her Joyful Noise co-star Dolly Parton would agree.
“You know you should get kids,” she says.
And when it comes to parenting, Queen Latifah says she will be some drawing inspiration from her onscreen character Vi – a single no-nonsense mother of two teens – but also from her own mother.
I would be like Vi Rose in a lot of ways. My kids would be raised properly. They would be raised with values and morals and God, but I don’t think I would be like Vi Rose in the other ways. I would probably allow them to be themselves a little more and explore their gifts and their talents. I’d try to be more like my mom.”
The Just Wright actress states that she has known that she has wanted to adopt at an early age.
“I’m definitely going to adopt – or have – a child,” she says. “I’ve wanted to adopt since I was 17 or 18-years-old.
“I think the most important thing I’ve learned is to not stop living,” she continues.
Referencing her brothers death in 1992, the actress adds, “I know for a fact that my brother would not want me to stay right there, stuck in that misery. If the person who you lost loved you like you loved them? There’s no way they would not want you to live your life to the maximum, to appreciate it, to go for your dreams, go for your goals.”