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Ice Cube: Family comedy guru?

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Ice Cube comes full circle

Ice Cube seems the most unlikely candidate to become a veteran of the family entertainment genre. After his starring turns in the Are We There Yet? movies, Ice Cube is turning executive producer as the film becomes a family comedy airing at 9 pm Wednesdays on TBS. Are We There Yet? premieres June 2.

Ice Cube took a few minutes with SheKnows to discuss how a rapper and massive Raider fan even came into the world of acting and if the transition to family entertainment has been a rocky one.

Ice Cube cometh

SheKnows: Lately you've kind of had some fun working in the family entertainment area. What has been a big surprise for you about your role in that part of the entertainment business?

Ice Cube comes full circle

Ice Cube: Acceptance. You know, if you Google me before you took your kid to see Are We There Yet?, I would think a lot of parents would be like, "Wait a minute. Whoa, whoa, whoa. I'm not sure." [Laughing] But, you know, to me it's the right decision, especially the longevity to go after the children of my fans with something that they can be a part of. So, I just think that's the biggest thing, just kind of being accepted by those moms out there to give it a shot. They gave Are We There Yet? a shot and then they gave Are We Done Yet? a shot. And I believe they believe that they can give the television show a shot.

Ice Cube comes into acting

SheKnows: In that sense of going back a little bit -- did you first approach the idea of acting or were you approached?

Ice Cube: I was approached by John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood. He saw something in me and he said he knew I could do it. He had to pursue me for a couple of years, because I really wasn't interested in acting. I had never tried it, so I didn't know -- I didn't even know if I could do it. And I was just trying to be the best rapper in the world at that time. So thank God he did pursue me and thank God I ended up doing it.

SheKnows: How has shooting the television show Are We There Yet? been in Connecticut?

Ice Cube comes full circle

Ice Cube: After talking about this thing, to actually come together and start shooting episode 1, I think we're all going to remember that time -- especially if we get picked up [laughs]. Because if we get picked up this is like a two-year grind of trying to really, really make good television for that long. So, I think we're all going to remember the first day because after we get going it's definitely going to just be a memory.

SheKnows: You've been a musician, actor, and director. How has being a producer been for you?

Ice Cube: Well, just being a producer, period, it allows me to work on multiple projects and be really in the mix where the decisions are being made -- the shape of the show, what we're trying to do. It's a little tricky with ten episodes, but (with) success, hopefully we'll be able to really dig in there and do some very, very interesting television.

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