Malinda Williams' personalities fall in the pussy family. Although she's generally playful -- a trait she refers to as being a kitten -- the New Jersey-bred actress turns tiger when pleasure takes a backstep to business. "The tiger gets me where I need to go," she says. "Sometimes she just shows her face to check people." In a business with limited roles for Black women, a shorty's gotta eat. And in addition to starting her Modern Goddess lingerie line, Malinda, 30, has been feasting on acting gigs. She landed a spot on NBC's mid-season ensemble drama Windfall (A Black woman wins the lottery. That's fiction at its best.) and a leading roll as Big Boi's superwife in the OutKast musical Idlewild. Gotta respect her growl.
KING You've been acting professionally since you were 11. Any casting- couch horror stories?
MALINDA WILLIAMS Now I'm a lot clearer on how I want to navigate this industry. It's like driving on a racetrack. If you let your eyes off the road for one second it can be disastrous. You have to keep your mind on the finish line, and that's where my mind is focused.
Red flag! That type of determination and drive in a woman is usually very intimidating to a man.
I've definitely noticed that. I'll see men across the room thinking, "She don't wanna talk to me." It's an unfortunate thing because to me confidence is one of the sexiest things a man can have. For women like me who have found and stepped into their power, it takes a super-confident dude to be by my side. (continue)