Sheléa Frazier stars as Dorinda and Christina Bell stars as Twinkie; Courtesy of Lifetime Copyright 2020Singer Sheléa spent almost two months preparing for her upcoming acting debut as Dorinda Clark in Lifetime’s biopic The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.
The role would come natural to Sheléa who grew up as a fan of Dorinda and the Clark Sisters. To take on the role, she immersed herself in acting classes and sought help from the film’s director Christine Swanson, who helped her capture the essence and spirit of her character, but not without talking to Dorinda Clark first.
Sheléa describes the signature Clark Sister’s sound as “very specific” and “unique.” She knew she could take on the singing, given her single “I’ll Never Let You Go,” which peaked at #22 on the Billboard R&B charts, from her debut album Love Fell on Me.
Shelea calls Dorinda a “beautiful woman of God inside and out.” It was important for her to capture Dorinda’s character in the right essence. She says fans can look forward to some powerful scenes involving her character, stemming from an hours-long conversation with Clark herself.
“She and I spent hours on the phone because I really wanted to tell her truth and it felt so grateful that she was even here, alive, that I can really talk to, you know, the real person and really hear it though their words,” she tells ABC Audio.
“I really wanted to get into the center of what she was feeling, what she was thinking, and what she even said and she was so helpful in that way.”
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel staring Sheléa and Kierra Sheard will air Sunday, April 12 on Lifetime.
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