NBC's police drama Law & Order: SVU had a soul injection last night when Jill Scott starred as a key figure in the episode's hour-long mystery. Jill, in all of her ageless loveliness, played the abusive caretaker of her disabled sister, played by Lisa Arrindell Anderson from the movie Madea's Family Reunion. Her character was also the mother to a son who was a played by Quinton Aaron who was recently in the movie The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock (and looks like he could be the same age as Jill). Despite the weird casting choice for her son, Scott played ugly-mean in such a good way it was both scary and rewarding to watch--scary because none of the Jilly from Philly sweetness was evident and her character just seemed evil and rotten to the core. It was very different in every way from how we imagine Jill Scott to be. She didn't sing either, her co-star in the episode, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, did--displaying some operatic vocal talent during a brief scene in the show. It was rewarding, however, to see her play a character polar opposite of the almost sickeningly sweet character she plays in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, which has a sequel coming out soon.
Jill talks about it all in this clip from
NBC's Today Show. I enjoyed watching this news segment for Jill was her usual open
and endearing self. Although it seems like she can do almost anything
and everything with shine and polish, it was refreshing to hear her
honest feedback on how motherhood was for her at first and to hear how
she got along with her co-stars from the Tyler Perry flick. Take a look
and listen, and, if you caught her performance on SVU last night, how did you enjoy it?