Brandy Admits She ‘Didn’t Understand’ How ‘Special’ ‘Cinderella’ Was Until Years Later: It Changed My Life

Brandy reflected on her 'life changing' role in the 1997 'Cinderella' movie in an EXCLUSIVE interview with HL!

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The 1997 Cinderella starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg is considered to be one of Disney’s best creations to date. The multicultural, star-studded take on the classic fairytale is now available to stream on Disney+, for the first time ever, giving a new generation a way to watch the iconic movie. “I’m so very proud of that movie, and for such a long time I didn’t really understand what was really happening at that time in my life,” Brandy explained to HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “My whole thing was that I wanted to work with Whitney Houston. Like, it was cool being ‘the first Black Cinderella,’ but I didn’t really understand the importance of that until later in my life.”

Brandy continued, “Hindsight is always 20/20, so looking back at being ale to do something like that, that’s special. Something that’s so diverse, a project that  is so diverse, that welcomes all different cultures and one story, it changed my life and it changed so many other people’s lives, as well.”

Brandy and the cast of ‘Cinderella.’ (Everett Collection)

The Moesha star returned to her acting roots this Fall in Queens as Naomi, which she calls her “dream role.” “I have always loved to push my instrument to the max, so I fooled around with rapping and just rhyming back in the day, but it never really happened for me because people were so used to me singing. So, when I got the call to be a part of a hip hop legendary group in the show, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is perfect,'” Brandy said. “I get to sing, I get to rap, I get to act, I get to do all of the loves that fulfill me with this role. And then, I get to work with amazing women!”

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