Michelle Williams To Play HIV-Positive Record Executive
For her first appearance on a sitcom, Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams didn't exactly choose the easiest role.
Williams, who begins a three-episode HIV storyline on UPN's "Half & Half" Monday, will be balancing silly and serious in playing Naomi Dawson, a record executive who, viewers will eventually discover, is HIV-positive. Despite the tricky balance she had to strike, Williams came away from the experience hungry for more. "It was so much fun. I love it when work is fun," says Williams, whose acting experience also includes "Aida" on Broadway. "I fell in love doing TV. So I want to do some more sitcoms - hopefully some more `Half & Half.'"
Viewers may not immediately fall in love with Williams' character on "Half & Half" - she's a professional rival of Mona (Rachel True), and their interaction is prickly at best. Yet Mona's co-worker and friend Spencer (Chico Benymon) sees something in her, and they end up spending a low-key Valentine's Day together. After working together on a special project, Naomi and Spencer find themselves spending extra time together and getting very comfortable with one another. As the couple grows closer, Naomi unexpectedly begins to back away from the relationship. However, after getting a not-so-subtle push from Mona (Rachel True), who does not approve of the coupling, Naomi reveals to Spencer that she is HIV positive.
The three-episode arc airs in consecutive weeks beginning Monday, February 13 (9:30-10:00 pm, et/pt) on UPN. Thanks Leila for the information and pictures!
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