PHOTOS: Meet the Browns Premiere

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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“Working with an actor of Angela’s caliber is truly a blessing. She was so giving as a costar, sharing her wisdom, support and guidance,” says Rick Fox, who has honed his acting chops in small roles on Ugly Betty, Dirt and One Tree Hill. “I felt like I broke out of a shell. She pulled me up and definitely upgraded my acting skills.”

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Jenifer Lewis kicked off the premiere’s red carpet and plays never-with-an-empty-glass Aunt Vera in the film.

“Tyler has come into his own voice and he doesn’t care what people think about him – that’s what I admire about him. He’s honest, he’s focused and he’s got a voice, honey. He knows his audience, his core,” she says.

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The 20-years married, first time film actors David and Tamela Mann, best known on stage and the small screen as loveable father-daughter duo, Leroy and Cora Brown.

“We’re excited. This is our first motion picture and we know you’re supposed to keep that kind of stuff in, but no, we’re excited! We’re happy,” David says.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing all of Leroy Brown’s shenanigans and also, watching Vera just be all over the place,” says Lamman Rucker on the film. He plays the nephew Will Brown in the film.

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Angela Bassett, who takes the lead as Brenda, a struggling, single mother with a soon-to-be-discovered eccentric, extended family, floats by in a white, sleeveless gown with husband Courtney B. Vance by her side.

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Margaret Avery plays a Brown through marriage in the film.

“It’s full circle with Margaret– from The Color Purple to now, so it’s a joy,” says Producer Rueben Cannon. “This is the first time I’ve worked with her since The Color Purple. Once again, she was a delight and so talented.”

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Sofia Vegara plays Angela’s best friend from Chicago in the film.

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“Listen, Angela Bassett is the crème de la crème. She is a woman that every Black woman can relate to. So, working with her was really great – she’s a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated actor, so I mean, you’ve got to love it,” says Tyler Perry.

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A regal Irma P. Hall plays Angela Bassett’s babysitter in the film.

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Frankie Faison, who plays the Brown family’s new patriarch, after the death of Papa Brown.