Vivica A. Fox and the cast of the controversial biopic on Bobbi Kristina Brown want fans of Whitney Houston to give their made-for-TV movie a chance.
“Bobbi Kristina” — the made-for-TV movie produced for the TV One channel — is facing backlash from fans for being “too soon” to depict the aftermath of Houston’s 2012 death and the tragic death of her only child, Bobbi Kristina in 2015. The 22-year-old was found facedown in a bathtub and later placed in a medically induced coma after doctors found her brain function was significantly diminished. Brown never regained consciousness and died from pneumonia six month later.
Brown’s father, singer Bobby Brown, has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit in an attempt to halt the movie’s airing. But, Fox and her co-stars Joy Rovaris (who plays Bobbi Kristina) and Nadji Jeter promise fans their movie comes from a place of love and respect for the family.
“We’re just asking the fans that might think we’re doing a sensitive subject too soon to give it a a chance and to know that we, as actors, did this absolutely out of love and respect for Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina,” Fox tells ET Canada’s Matte Babel. The actress, who plays Bobbi Kristina’s Aunt Pat in the movie — and was, in real life, a close friend of Houston — says the subject matter may be “too personal” for Brown.
“It’s personal for him. For him — it may be too soon,” she explains, addressing the backlash from Brown and fans. “And we understand that, he lost his wife and his daughter. He just wants to make sure that we don’t portray the characters negatively. And we didn’t,” she says, adding Brown has not reached out to her or any of her co-stars.
Aside from the untimely death of Bobbi Kristina, the movie dives into sensitive material, including her reportedly abusive relationship with with Nick Gordon.
Jeter, who plays Gordon in the movie, says audiences are going to have a mixed reaction to his character. “I think you’re gonna have a love-hate relationship with Nick,” he says. “He was really the main one there for her at times.” His co-star Rovaris agrees.
“I had to find a way to understand why Krissy loved this guy so much. And Nadji does an amazing job of showing the world how easy it was to love him,” explains Rovaris. “He was there, exactly when he needed to be. Every time.”