When it was announced VH1 would be developing a biopic about the super ’90s girl group TLC, fans were excited and yet apprehensive as to who would be cast as the Atlanta trio. As it turns out, the family of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was also apprehensive about the biopic because they weren’t informed or included in the pre-production process.
In an interview with 4UMF, Left Eye’s younger sister Reigndrop Lopes says the family was never notified about the VH1 film nor was their input ever requested. Many of the members of Left Eye’s family are hurt behind it. Reigndrop Lopes also talked about the relationship between the members of TLC at the time of Lisa’s death.
When asked about the relationship between the TLC band mates, Reigndrop replied:
”I know for a fact she was in a good place with Tionne ’cause she went to see her before she left, but Chilli, I’m not sure. I just know that she never got a chance to see Chilli, or Chilli never got a chance to see Lisa before she left. I really don’t know what their last interaction was.”
On the Lopes family involvement in the biopic and 20th anniversary tour:
“No, we’re not involved in anything actually dealing with TLC. We would love to be involved, but It’s just not the case. I didn’t really know about the tour until you mentioned it. I knew about a couple of dates, Japan and PA, but I really didn’t know about a tour, I didn’t know about the album, you pretty much just mentioned it. And the movie, yeah we knew about it ’cause we had to sign off on it, but we still have nothing to do with the movie, and I don’t know the release date or the premiere date.
The only way I can kind of feel is just disappointed and hurt. I can’t point the finger at anyone ’cause I don’t know whose decisions these are. It could be a collective decision, it could be one person, I have no idea. But the family always wants to be involved in anything dealing with Lisa, you know what I mean? And TLC deals with Lisa. So we support as much as we can. Me and my brother flew out to London to be there when TLC accepted their award, and, let’s see, what award did they get. I can’t remember the title of it, but the MTV Japan Awards is happening on June 22, and me and my mom are flying out there to represent for Lisa. So we always want to be involved.”
Her thoughts on casting Lil Mama as Left Eye:
”Well number one, I would have liked to be told before the whole world knew. We found out online from the fans. My initial reaction was I was kind of in the middle. I didn’t know her to be an actor, and I didn’t know how well she would do portraying Lisa, so I really didn’t know how to feel. I actually got the chance to go up to the set one time, and I did see her doing some of her scenes, and it looked pretty good to me, and I was actually surprised. I told her that she was doing a good job. So hopefully, all the scenes are like that. She’s a really big fan, so I think it’s important to her to portray Lisa the right way even if some of the stuff in the script isn’t really accurate. I know it’s important for her to really bring out who Lisa was as a fan.”
Reigndrop Lopes revealed plenty of the inner turmoil going on inside of the Lopes family concerning the TLC biopic and possible upcoming tour, but there is more to the interview than that. Read the rest of the interview at 4UMF.com.
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