'Drop Dead Diva': Brandy talks return to acting -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This Sunday, Brandy makes her return to acting with the start of a three-episode guest arc on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Her character, Elisa Shayne, ended a relationship with Parker (Josh Stamberg) eight years ago, and comes to him for legal help. She quit her job as a nurse to care for her dying father, and now his life insurance company refuses to pay out his policy. “I think she was really in love with Parker at one point, and you know how Parker is on the show,” Brandy laughs. “She couldn’t handle his lifestyle, so she moved on. She’s a really somber woman. She’s quiet. She’s a good mom. She loved her dad. She’s a nurse. She’s a caretaker. I fell in love with her when I talked to the producers about her.” That’s good, because producers are leaving the door open for the character, who has a secret that involves Parker, to return — assuming Lifetime renews the show. (Let’s get on that!). “She starts to work at the firm, and she definitely has some things that she’s keeping from people,” Brandy says. “That keeps me around. Hopefully it will bring me back for season 4, if they get picked up. I’m looking forward to that. I love Atlanta, where it’s shot. The cast is a family there. That’s a blessing to be able to come back to acting, and then work with people who are humble and excited to work with me just as much as I am with them.”

If she does return, Brandy, who’s recording a new album under the RCA/Chameleon Records umbrella, would love to sing with series star Brooke Elliott, a Broadway vet. “That’s all we did on the breaks. When they would say ‘Cut!’ we’d start back singing together, and it was so fun,” Brandy says. “She sings songs that have something to do with the show. Like if we’re in a room for a long time, she’ll sing a song about us being in that same room for five or six hours, and then I’ll just chime in and sing those lyrics with her.”

In the meantime, Brandy will have a five-episode guest arc on the CW’s 90210 this fall as a politician. “She’s all about helping people and getting in contact with the youth and relating to them. She’s kickass,” she says of that character. “She reminds me of a young Michelle Obama. I’m like I’m gettin’ to play a politician. I never would have imagined going from Moesha, then to Drop Dead Diva, to playing a politician. It’s like, Wow, I’m gonna keep this acting thing up! I can probably land a movie role soon if I keep going,” she laughs. “I’ll keep my fingers crossed.”

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  • Yolandah S.

    Go ahead Brandy! I have been a huge fan since day one. Your commitment to always finding positive, quality work after almost 20 years in the business is very admirable.

    • Mike

      Glad Brandy is back on TV! I hope they decide to bring her back after the episodes!!!!

      • LottaLabia

        C UN T S!!!!

    • romanceloveseeking

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  • Cris

    Sounds like she and Parker have a secret love child. That’s always the way these things go when an ex girlfriend returns after many years.

    • Zach

      Yeah, exactly.

    • Andrea

      That’s exactly what I was thinking… either that or “oh hey, i gave you aids.”

      • Nikki

        Wow an AIDS comment because she black very disgraceful

  • danielle

    Wow, She still has it… I’m so happy to see Brandy Back on TV it’s been well OVER DUE!!!

    Can’t wait to see this show and 90210

  • Michael

    Brandy seems to be such a good actress! When she talks about her dad it looks and sounds like she’s talking about ab actual experience!

    You go girl !

  • Brie

    I <3 Brandy! Glad to see her back on TV.

    • GerryCurlFool

      Migga Please.

  • jigga

    I am glad to see her still acting. She can actually act!!

  • Linda

    man, I thought this has-been was gone for good

  • Bandy

    I like bananas!

  • Darslow

    It’s funny how some people just seem to thrive on being negative. If she’s such a has been why the hell is she getting attention in both music and television. Fact is, Brandy still has what it takes to be a stellar entertainer. I have always supported her. I bought her last album and I will be the first one in line to get her new one in 2012. I think after all she’s been through, she deserves another chance to shine.
    @ Linda – and who are you exactly? What the hell do you do for a living? You’re probably some miserable hag who’s always dreamed of fortune and fame, but didn’t have an ounce of talent to even think about pursuing a career in that direction. See, you can sit your ass behind that computer and type your hatred until your damn fingers turn blue, but you will still be where you are and Brandy will still be where she is, whether you think she’s a has been or not. The way I see it, it’s better to be a has been than to have never been.

    • MM

      Ohhhhhh, so you’re the one who brought that album…….

    • Tiffani Young

      My thoughts exactly because I don’t like negative people either. If u don’t like someone just don’t say anything at all.

      • Denis

        What if the inventor of the Jack Rose cotikacl enjoyed by those who attended the first of our October apple spirit tastings on Friday night used his real name, Frank May, instead of his nom de bar, Jack Rose? Would this

  • Q

    It’s kind of disheartening that Brandy’s music career has kind of stalled. Her Afrodisiac album back in 2004 was great, probably one of my favorite R&B albums of the last decade. And it didn’t sell as well as it should have and was really under-appreciated. Her most recent album, Human, was not quite as good, but still solid, and it only yielded her one successful single, whereas the album as a whole had very disappointing sales. Hopefully her next album can recapture the success she had back in the late 90s. I hope she works with Timbaland again. I felt like he brought out the best in her on Afrodisiac.

  • lady caw caw

    Im so sad that stacy kissed brian! And fred was watching……sigh…he doesnt deserve to be treated like that…

  • Zach

    Good to see some good old-fashioned support for my girl Brandy! Ripped off on DWTS last year, but nothing but a CLASS ACT! She’s a beautiful woman inside and out and very talented.

  • Andrea

    LOVE Drop Dead Diva! I’m glad to see it’s getting some attention. I think Brandy is an interesting choice for the show. I like her as an actress, but if they’re going to bring her in as one of Parker’s exes then they definitely have to have chemistry. can’t really picture it right now, so i guess we’re going to have to see how that pans out.
    i personally like Kim and Parker together, so I hope Brandy’s character doesn’t do anything to screw that up.

  • taivonjovonnie

    omg she bout to make me cry so hard, my dad really sick right now and i don’t think i can take this episode if i have to watch it is because of brandy

  • Maya

    Okay, so I love me some Brandy, but I can never look at her the same since my friend told me about an encounter she had with her a few years ago. According to my friend, she was shopping at the Beverly Center and she and her cousin went to go ask her for an autograph and she refused!!!! I would understand if she had a swarm of fans or photographers around her, but she was with another lady and there wasn’t anyone else around her. I get that celebrities have lives too, but I find it extremely disrespectful to deny someone who has supported you since the beginning. Now I can see why her career has stalled these past years…karma perhaps?

    I also have a friend who works at the front desk at a hotel and she said that Beyonce was staying at the same hotel and called for room service. My friend asked her if it was her and Beyonce was really kind and gracious. Now I can see why Beyonce’s career took off while Brandy’s career faltered. Kindness goes a long way people!!!

    • Cat

      Oh, yeah? Well, I have a friend who has a friend that told my friend (who then told me) that you’re not always in the mood to give autographs either. Then, again, nobody asks you for your autograph.

      • MM

        Brandy blows.

      • Cat

        I agree, she can really sing.

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