Eureka star Salli Richardson-Whitfield is set to star in the Lifetime movie, Pastor Brown, premiering on Saturday, February 16 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The film portrays a “young woman who has lost her way in life” and returns home when her father unexpectedly falls terminally ill.
Salli opens up to Celebrity baby Scoop about her two kids – daughter Parker, 8, and son Dre, 4 – the joys of motherhood, and her upcoming projects.
CBS: Tell us about your upcoming Lifetime movie, Pastor Brown. What is the film about and how did you relate to your character?
SRW: “The movie is about a young woman who has lost her way in life and is now a stripper. When her father, the pastor of a very large church, goes into the hospital she returns home after being gone for the last 10 years and now has to face the life she had left behind.”
CBS: What was it like working with the rest of the cast? Did you become close?
SRW: “This was one of those rare times when you get to work with all of your friends. Most of us knew each other already, so it turned out to be one of the best times I have had doing a film.”
CBS: Tell us about your two kids. What are their names and ages? What are they into? Do they get along?
SRW: “My daughter Parker is 8 and My son Dre is 4. I feel so lucky to have such wonderful kids. They are doing great in school, they have a wonderful sense of humor, and they are kind.
My son loves golf, tennis, and karate. And my daughter loves to sing. Also, she is a brownie and a plays tennis. My daughter thinks that she is the second mom in the house. She loves her little brother so much and he wants to be with her all the time. It is a beautiful thing to see.”
CBS: Do your kids show an interest in acting? Would you support them if they wanted to pursue a career in your field?
SRW: “Sometimes they want to act, and then the next minute they change their mind. I am for whatever they want to do. I love what I do and I would never tell them not to do it.”
CBS: What is your greatest joy of motherhood? Greatest challenge?
SRW: “Watching them grow into these little mini adults. [And the greatest challenge is] making sure they are well rounded human beings and good people.”
CBS: How do you balance work and motherhood?
SRW: “I always try to remind myself that the most important thing is my family and everything else comes second.”
CBS: Do you have an Eco-friendly household? If so, how do you plan to celebrate Earth Day with your kids?
SRW: “As Eco as we can. We always recycle and we plan on planting in our garden on Earth Day.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
SRW: “I just finished a movie with Robert Townsend that will be out later this year. I have also been directing more and more.”