TLC on how they gave Beyoncé ‘the best time of her life’
The remaining members of TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, are “proud” of their biopic Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, which premieres tonight on Vh1.
The two-hour movie stars KeKe Palmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and chronicles the trio’s rise to fame, financial struggles, and their drama-filled love lives.
“Being that we were a part of it, we weren’t going to just let them [VH1] do whatever they wanted, and take over our lives,” T-Boz, who executive produced the film with Chilli, said during an interview with theGrio.
“We did want more stories in there,” she confessed. “It could have been like The Jacksons, like every night during the week,” Chilli added.
“The Temptations was like that. There were so many stories that we couldn’t tell. The hardest part was narrowing down, being able to tell the complete story and add the right scenes to tell that story.”
As for what they think the late Left Eye would think of this film, the pair said, “she would love it.”
“Lisa would be so proud of this. She would be sitting here like, ‘yeah we did that.’”
TLC, one of the best-selling female groups of all time, undoubtedly paved a way for other R&B girl groups of the ’90s, like Destiny’s Child, to follow.
The “No Scrubs” singers recalled a recent moment when Beyoncé personally thanked them for letting Destiny’s Child open for TLC during their world tour.
“We were backstage [before a 2011 performance on American Idol] and she [Beyoncé] walked up to us and was thanking us, and we had never heard that from her before and it was really nice,” Chilli said.
“Her exact words were: ‘Thank you so much, those were some of the best times of my life,” T-Boz added. “Thank you for letting us open up for y’all because that was the best time… one of the best times of my life.’”
Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story premieres tonight at 9/8c on VH1.
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