Tatyana Ali Remembers Her Favourite Fresh Prince Moments
Day 7953 since The Fresh Prince of Bel Air ended. We are still lost.
If you haven’t been binge-watching The Fresh Prince every day since it ended then what the hell have you been doing? Call yourself a REAL fan? SMH.
As usual, at the end of a sesh, we go onto the interwebs to find interviews with the cast. This time we were hunting for the goss from OUR queen, Tatyana Ali.
She revealed to Today recently that her favourite moments were spending time with the cast:
“My all-time favorites are when I stuffed my bra to go to high school, ‘cause I wanted to look older, when I sang ‘Respect,’ and the episode where Hilary dressed me up like Hilary,” recalled Ali, who played the youngest daughter in the Banks clan, Ashley.
“I always thought Karyn Parsons’ clothes were so cool. Like, I really was a little sister to her.”
Ali then goes on to explain that Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro were different, they “were both like big brothers to me.”
Ali goes into detail on working with Will:
“He’s an explosion of energy when he walks into the room, and that’s just how he was, and he’s incredibly funny and a great storyteller and so charismatic, and he just made me laugh all the time. We shared a lot of inside jokes.
This was Will’s first acting experience and so in the pilot episode if you look really carefully, you can actually see Will mouthing some other people’s lines, including mine, because he had memorized the entire script.”
BRB. Going to rewatch and look out for him mouthing other people’s lines.
She also talked about the ICONIC theme tune:
“I used to know the original, original version of the song,” she said. “There’s a whole verse that got cut out after the pilot episode because it was too long. But I loved the song. I did have a moment where I was annoyed by the song, because anybody I met in the street would think the really funny, inventive thing would be to sing the song to me. But now it’s cool.”
We can’t lie, if we saw her we’d probably sing it too. Sorry, Ali.
But what about all those AMAZE guest stars?
First, there was Oprah…
“Oprah was a big one. I was so nervous, I personally didn’t meet her, ‘cause I was scared and being a weird, awkward teenager. When you look back at that, you’re like ‘that’s dumb.’
Then, unfortunately, the orange Cheeto (Donald Trump):
“At the time, he was married to Marla Maples. And I do remember being in that scene with him and thinking ‘What’s up with his hair?’ because it was very similar to what it’s like now even then.”
But her favourite? That would be Zsa Zsa Gabor.
“She was just so much fun. She shared all of her beauty secrets and jewellery secrets and plastic surgery secrets and was just totally open about it. She brought her largest diamond to the set so that Karyn and I could wear it.”
She then revealed what it was like growing up on set, being in the spotlight from the age of 11 to 17:
“I had a unibrow and my mom wouldn’t let the makeup artist pluck it because she said I was too young. It took a couple years for the makeup artist to be able to convince my mom, please let her shave her legs, she’s on TV.”
In terms of dating, she claimed that Ashley was “was more advanced” than she was:
“Ashley was kissing people way before I was. It took me a long time to get there. If anything most of her love interests were just awkward experiences for me personally.”
Even when Ali sees her co-stars now she describes it as like “being with best friends”, for her, it feels like no time has passed since the series ended 22 years ago. She’d even be open for a reunion series:
“I think it would be different because James (Avery) isn’t here. So I don’t know how it would work, where our characters would be at this point. But for the chance to work with everyone again, I would definitely try it.
We had no idea that the show was going to be that iconic. We really liked each other a lot, like we all really got along, we became family. It was instantaneous. But that we’d still be talking about 'Fresh Prince' 20-something years later, I don’t think anybody realized that.”
Don’t forget you can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel Air on Comedy Central.
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