Teyana Taylor has revealed that she will be portraying Dionne Warwick in a new biopic. For a while now, many people have pointed out the striking resemblance between Taylor and Warwick. Last year, Warwick confirmed that she had been in talks with Taylor about portraying her in a biographical series.
“We’ve been on the phone several times. She’s done her homework. She knows more about me than I know about me,” Warwick said.
Now, it seems that Warwick’s persuasion may have worked. In a new interview with Tamron Hall, Taylor confirmed that she had secured the role. “We’re already working on it. We’re in the building process right now,” she said in an exclusive clip. “I always wanted to make sure I could lock in with any person that I would be playing.”
Taylor also shared that she had prepared for the role by studying performances from Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles and Angela Bassett as Tina Turner. “I miss when movies were like that,” Taylor said. “When you got to really get to know them and tap in.”
“She’s had a wonderful career, and I think right now is about making her feel as safe as possible to tell her story because a lot of these stories get misconstrued or dramatized to an extent. That’s not really where we want to go,” Taylor continued.
Taylor’s full interview is scheduled to air on Monday, April 3rd, on ABC.