NeNe Leakes is taking over TV. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and recurring “Glee” actress is adding another acting credit to her ever-expanding resume with Ryan Murphy’s new NBC comedy “The New Normal.”
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Starring “The Book of Mormon’s” Andrew Rannells as Bryan and Justin Bartha as David, “The New Normal” follows the Beverly Hills couple as they try to start a family. The two turn to a surrogate, Goldie (Georgia King), with Ellen Barkin co-starring as Goldie’s Archie Bunker-esque grandma. So where does NeNe come in?
“I’m Rocky, one of the gay guy’s assistants,” NeNe told The Huffington Post on the red carpet for NBC’s upfront presentations in New York on Monday. “I take it very personal, honey, if you talk about my gays, honey. Only I can talk about them and I’m fabulous.
“She’s very different from Roz Washington on ‘Glee’; she’s always in workout outfits and sneakers. Rocky wears high heels every day. This is very fitting for me because in my real life, you don’t mess with my gays, honey,” NeNe said, snapping. “I don’t play that.”
King was a little out of the loop when it came to NeNe and her stardom. “I’m from London … everyone was absolutely losing their shit meeting NeNe … at the table read everyone was like, ‘Oh my god’ and I felt so ignorant and everyone was taking pictures of NeNe going, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to Twitter it!’ So I was going, ‘I should take one too!’”
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Since then, King said she’s done her homework. “I’ve done a little research and I’m with the goddess from Atlanta. I’m aware of these things. I’m learning very quickly. To be fair, NeNe shouldn’t be offended I didn’t know who she was because I just met somebody and I didn’t know who he was and I was like to my agent, ‘Remind me, who is that?’ And she was like, ‘It’s Donald Trump.’”
NeNe, who also appeared in a season of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” said she wants to keep all of her TV projects going.
“I hope to stay on ‘Glee,’ I hope to still be a’ Housewife’ and I hope to do ‘The New Normal.’ I just want to do it all!” she said. “Why not? I’m only going to be young for a little while longer.”
“The New Normal” premieres in the fall on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.