One to Watch: Antonique Smith

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ESSENCE.COM Jan, 06, 2009

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Antonique Smith makes her big-screen debut as Faith Evans in the Biggie biopic “Notorious.” The role gave her an inside look at Faith and Biggie’s relationship.

“They really loved each other,” she says. “She fell in love with him because he was charming and funny, and charismatic.”

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Antonique and “Notorious” costar Jamal Woolard recreate an iconic image of Biggie and Faith.

“I found out from Faith’s book that she thought they had more time to mature a little bit and they would get back together,” Antonique says. “That’s what makes it so devastating.”

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Antonique looks forward to clearing a path of her own. Though she plays Faith in “Notorious,” she’s often told she looks like other stars.

“I would get Rihanna or on the blogs [they’d say I look like] Rocsi from ‘106 & Park’,” she says with a laugh.

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Antonique lit up the stage as Mimi Marquez in “Rent” on Broadway.

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Antonique’s cast shot as Mimi for “Rent” was seen by millions thanks to New York cabs.

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Antonique is angelic in white and credits her talents and success to God.

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From the age of 3, Antonique had her eyes set on the stage.

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As success comes Antonique’s way, family and friends continue to keep her grounded.

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After appearing in an episode of “Law & Order,” Antonique hopes to expand her on-screen résumé.

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Antonique continues to enter new terrain in her career.

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With her powerful and positive presence, Antonique is often caught with a smile on her face.

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Antonique has performed all over New York City, earning a loyal following for her sound.

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Antonique’s parents and little sister still live in the New Jersey home where she was raised. The clan remains a close-knit family.

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Antonique lists Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin as some of her vocal influences.

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Antonique looks forward to launching her singing career in 2009.

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