10 Questions for Daphne Wayans
Keenen Ivory Wayans' ex-wife is the latest to join the cast of "Hollywood Exes"
Daphne Wayans has remained relatively out of the spotlight, despite being the ex-wife of one of black Hollywood’s biggest power players—Keenen Ivory Wayans. That will all change as Wayans will be thrust into the spotlight as the newest cast member of VH1’s "Hollywood Exes." Loop 21 recently caught up with Wayans, and she shared her excitement about joining the show, her thoughts on fame, and shares why she still loves Keenen.
Loop 21: What made you want to do the show? Why now?
Daphne Wayans: I’ve been asked a number of times to do a reality show, but this time I was interested because of who the group of cast members are. Some of them are my life long friends. That was the initial thought and then I realized there would be an opportunity to make impact for others with how I’ve transitioned in my life.
Loop 21: Are you nervous at all?
D.W.: No, it’s just about being me. I’m not nervous or embarrassed about who I am. However, it’s easy for me to say that now, but we start filming this month so ask me again when the show airs.
Loop 21: Which of the cast members are you actually friends with?
D.W.: Nicole [Murphy] is my oldest friend, we both have the same amount of kids, she was in my wedding, we have a long history together. She’s like a sister to me. Sheree is a good friend of mine. I met her through Will and Jada. I’ve been friends with her for a few decades, Mayte’s a good friend. I don’t get to see Drea as much because she’s in Chicago, and Jessica’s a good friend too. I don’t mind going places with them and hanging out with them and doing things friends do.
Loop 21: Shows like this shine a sometimes negative spotlight, for instance, Nicole Murphy recently had to deal with rumors that she split from her fiancée. Are you ready for that?
D.W.: The common denominator was that we were all very young when we married these men. So the limelight is something that’s not completely foreign to us. It’s all about what you put your attention on and what you want to focus on. If you focus on the negative you’ll dwell on that. I think I’m prepared for it because it’s not new to me.
Loop 21: What are you most looking forward to about joining the show?
D.W.: Having someone say to me that “You made such a difference in my life,” or “I was able to have a different viewpoint in my life and things turned out better.” Whatever difference I can make in another life is the value of a platform like that.
Loop 21: What are you most fearful about when it comes to being on television every week?
D.W.: I’m not fearful of filming the show, I could always just stop doing the show if I hated it. There are always options in life, I want it to go well, so it should and it will, I hope.
Loop 21: How does your ex husband feel about you doing this show? Did you discuss it with him?
D.W.: Yes, of course, but the show is not so much about these men. The show is about a rebirth of a group of women on an individual basis. Keenan and I have a really wonderful friendship. There’s no way we could have that much richness for that number of years, with five beautiful children and lose the love. He’s like my cousin or brother or something, we have so much love between us.
Loop 21: How do you your kids feel about the show and will they make an appearance?
D.W.: I leave it up to them, it’s whatever they think if they want to come on the show. Whatever you want for your mom, then that’s what you should do is the attitude they have towards it. They’re happy I’m doing something I want to be doing.
Loop 21: If the show does have another successful season, will you come back?
D.W.: If all goes well and I’m doing the things I intend to do with this vehicle then yes, of course I’ll come back.
Loop 21: What do you hope that people take away from watching you specifically?
D.W.: I want them to get that even if you go through something hard or difficult, it’s really just an opportunity to grow. You can use it as something that catapults you to grow. There’s so much that I learned about the world that I wouldn’t have learned if I stayed in my marriage.
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