Many know R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott for her powerful, soulful crooning and poetic voice, but SheKnows was anxious to get the scoop on her newest gig - lead actress in HBO's new 13-part series, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, premiering March 29.
"Acting and music live differently in me, but I've been acting for 15 years," Jill Scott tells SheKnows. "I've done a lot of theater. I was in Rent. I've done Shakespeare. I've enjoyed it and I've been waiting for something to come along that really challenged me."
After starring in the Tyler Perry flick Why did I get Married?, Scott stumbled onto The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, based on the Alexander McCall Smith novels of the same name. Like the best selling books, the show follows the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, a woman who opens Africa's first female-owned detective agency, but Scott admits she was initially attracted by the award winning screenwriter/director/producer spearheading the project, not her character.
With baby due April 25, the expectant mom is thrilled to be back stateside and plans to stick to light duty for awhile.
"I'm 36 and this is my first, so this is big for me," she confides. "I'm excited. This is a great time in my life. And now, I can actually sit at home and watch the show. I'm going to take some time off. I don't now how long. We'll see how this goes. I pray for a healthy baby, so I guess everything is dependent on that."
Speaking of which, rumors abound that Scott announced she and fiance Lil' Jon Roberts were expecting a boy, but when SheKnows asked if Scott knew the sex of what she was carrying, she only teases, "I know what's in here: a beautiful baby!"
We may have to wait a month for a straight story on that one. In the meantime, you can catch the premiere of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, March 29 on HBO at 10 p.m.
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency repeats throughout the week. Check out our review of the first three episodes March 31, only on SheKnows.
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