Denyce Lawton: Unlawful!
Story and Interview by Matthew Shack
A "hybrid" is the combination of two or more different things, aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal.
Denyce Lawton exemplifies that "perfect hybrid".
The Seoul, South Korean bornand Washington DC-bred "blessing" is the product unification of two proud and historic nationalities coming together to form something truly "exotic".
From Seoul to Soul.
Denyce has a regular recurring role on the Tyler Perry hit sitcom, “House of Payne” and starred in 2007’s "Redline" starring Eddie Griffin.
She has also appeared in 112's "Peaches & Cream" and "Dance With Me" music videos, Jaheim’s, “Anything”, Busta Rhymes, “Break Ya Neck”, Eve featuring Alicia Keys’,” Gangster Lovin’”, Method Man & Redman's, "How High", Ludacris, LL Cool J & Keith Murray's, "Fatty Girl", Tony Yayo featuring Joe's, "Curious" and countless others.
At one time, Denyce was smashin’ so hard…she had five lead video features on the BET’s 106 & Park's Countdown...all at once!
Ultimately, her staggering beauty and talent can be summed up in one fan's comment on her IMDB page... "If Only They Would Legalize Cloning."
Imagine, if there was only ONE iPod!... Could you live without it?
Absolutely. But you wouldn't MIND having one, would you?
Yeah... I’m sure you can smell what Denyce Lawton is cooking.... Kimchi & Collard Greens, fam!
TFM: Due to the fact that you are a multi-racial actress and model, how has that been an asset or a hindrance regarding your career?
Denyce: It's a blessing and a curse in the sense that because I am multi-ethnic, some people aren't creative enough to know where to place me. I'm either "not black enough" or I'm "TOO black."...I'm "not asian" enough. They don't know what the hell I am! [Laughs] They don't know where to place me or not creative enough to say, "Let's write something for her." But, there are a handful of people that are creative enough. They either don't care about your race and say, "You're still the best person for this part," or they work around it or make light of it.
TFM: So, you want to be the "female" Tom Hanks, huh...why?
Denyce: Because, he has such a range as an actor. He has always found a way to do his roles differently and put a twist on it so it's not as "stereotypical" as the next actor.
TFM: What projects are you currently working on?
Denyce: As of right now, I'm damn-near a regular on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" since I've shot 18 episodes. So, I've been in Atlanta shooting that. I've been so blessed to be a part of Mr. Perry's camp and his cast is amazing! So those new episodes will start airing in January ('08). I also have a film coming out called 75 and it's starring, written and produced by Brian Hooks. It also stars Rutger Hauer, as well as a star-studded cast. It will be distributed by Magic Johnson Films and Code Black Entertainment.
TFM: What are your measurements and height?
Denyce: I’m a 32 D-cup…ALL NATURALE. 24-36. I’m 5-5 and about 115 lbs.
TFM: What is your most favorite part of your body?
Denyce: I love my legs.
Denyce: I have muscular legs. Something about Asian women makes us have naturally great legs. My calves are heart-shaped.
TFM: Tell us one of your patented beauty secrets.
Denyce: Cocoa butter!
Denyce: Yes…only one. [Laughs]
TFM: What pet peeves do you have regarding men?
Denyce: Hygiene. Good hygiene is a must.
TFM: Can a normal guy get with you or does he have to have something cracking?
Denyce: He just has to have goals and a plan. If he works at FED EX? No problem. He just has to have a plan and the drive to succeed in whatever he does.
TFM: What advice would you give to all of those actresses and models out there, who are trying to follow in your footsteps?
Denyce: Speaking for myself, I have never done anything to compromise my integrity to get into this business. Not to say that I’m any better than those who have, but it’s important to keep your self-respect. Trust me, you don’t want that kind of reputation.