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11 Quick Questions for Vivica A. Fox

Talented actress is showcasing a variety of skills

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Actress-entrepreneur-director Vivica A. Fox, 58, is working to draw attention to a new streaming documentary, Skilled, that highlights the importance of the modern trade workforce. She talks about her connection to the docuseries, current projects, go-to movies and enthusiastic attitude about aging.   

How did you get involved with Skilled?

I’ve got several friends that are in trade positions. Like my girlfriends Vanessa [Zeno] and Alyssa [Nelson], a mother daughter duo from Detroit. They drive their forklifts, have on their hard hats. … Here, on this film that I’m working on in Atlanta, the first and second ADs [assistant directors] are both females. It just makes me proud. Remember, Regina King made that challenge [at the 2019 Golden Globes] to start seeing women in front and behind the camera. And to challenge movie folk who hire the crew to make sure the crew had diversity, and let women do jobs as well, too. It’s been great to see that subtle change when you see women as gaffers and electricians and stuff like that.

You mentioned you are on set in Atlanta. What are you working on?

I am doing a sequel to this thriller, Twisted House Sitter, from Tubi. I hosted the Tubi Upfronts last year [previewing upcoming shows], and they were so impressed with me doing the presentation that they said, “We’re going to figure out a way to work with you.” Tubi also has a library of my work, my films. So it’s been a really good marriage. I’ve been really enjoying filming so far. We have a Black director. My costar is African American. It’s so wonderful to be doing a movie and look around and see my people working in every department.

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You’re also directing a movie. How did that come about?

I worked with [movie production company] MegaMind Media when I did a short film last year. Every year, [the TV network] BET Her dedicates a month letting five new female directors work with causes that affect our community, especially women, [such as] mental illness, homelessness, breast cancer and domestic violence. My film, Through Her Eyes, was dealing with mental illness and homelessness. [MegaMind Media founder] Tressa Azarel [Smallwood], who hired me to direct Through Her Eyes, said, “I want to work with you again.” She kept her word.

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Fox, seen here with those featured in "Skilled," attended the media screening of the documentary at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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Is directing part of your grand career plan?

My life is going into such a new beautiful chapter that I never saw coming. I’m grateful that people are trusting my skills to produce films — to direct and deliver them. I believe that, like skilled workers, women can do anything. We’re here to change misconceptions about qualifications and what women can do and deliver well.

When you want to relax and watch a movie, what’s your go-to?

Wakanda. Wakanda [Black Panther: Wakanda Forever]. … I was very afraid for the girls to be honest with you. Because I was like, Wow, the first cast was so male driven with Michael B. Jordan and the late Chadwick Boseman. … Are they going to trust these sisters to deliver for them? Are they going to do box office numbers? And wow, did they! I see Angela [Bassett] winning awards — Golden Globe, Critics Choice — just killing the game. I saw that movie four times in two weeks. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it.

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What else is on your binge list?

I’m a sports junkie.

What sports do you watch?

Football, basketball, tennis. The only thing I really don’t care for is golf, unless Tiger Woods is playing.

You were a Soul Train dancer back in the day. Are you still dancing?

Girl, these knees are barely making it though these stunts in this movie. No, I still love dancing. I also got to host several of the Soul Train Music Awards, so it was kind of full circle to me. It was one of the first times I was seen on camera. My girlfriend was like, “We’re going up to be on Soul Train. You want to go?” So we went up to LA [from Indiana], and I went from getting selected to dance on the dance floor, to then going to the rafters, and then I got to do the scramble board and then the Soul Train line.

Then years later you were on Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer. Is there another reality show you want to appear on?

Don’t forget I did Celebrity Apprentice. Five weeks of my life I can never get back. I did that. I like reality shows where there is a challenge. … I don’t mind the spirit of competition, but I don’t know about Survivor. I’m not going to be out there eating snails or ants.

You’re also a panelist on the streaming FOXSoul talk show Cocktails With Queens. What’s your cocktail of choice?

I just discovered Johnnie Walker Red Label. I had it with ginger ale [and a] twist of lemon. It was my own signature cocktail that I made, and I called it Fire and Spice because it reminded me of being back in Jamaica. My favorite place. I go there every year to celebrate my birthday with my family.

Speaking of birthdays, you’ll be 60 in a couple years. How do you feel about that?

I don’t have a problem with aging. I always wanted to be an older person. When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to be in my ’30s because I wanted to be grown and make my own decisions and answer to just myself. I believe I’m fabulous at 50. I’m going to be even sexier at 60. And I’ll still be sizzling at 70 and awesome at 80.

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