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Nola Native Ciera Payton to Play Wendy Williams in Biopic

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(By D’Shonda Brown for Hello Beautiful) HelloBeautiful caught up with Ciera Payton ahead of the highly-anticipated Wendy Williams biopic about how she got into character, her experience working with the mogul herself and how Wendy Williams embodies body positivity through sharing her life story in film.

Wendy Williams is widely recognized for her contributions to the world of media and entertainment. Though the tabloids have done their best to tarnish her reputation, the “Hot Topics” personality is taking back ownership of her narrative by partnering with Lifetime Movie Network to share her biopic, Wendy Williams: The Movie. Starring BET’s The Oval actress Ciera Payton, this biopic takes the audience on a journey through Wendy’s childhood, how she struggled with self-esteem, her drug addiction and the trials and tribulations behind closed doors with her ex-husband Kevin Hunter, portrayed by Morocco Omari. This forthcoming film is a true tell-all and it wouldn’t be Wendy if we didn’t get all the tea, even if it’s about her own journey.

“As a society, we’re very celebrity-driven and we kind of have all these preconceived ideas of who these people are that we’re watching on TV or in the movies,” Payton said in an exclusive interview.  “When a person is bold and brave enough to put their story out, it’s just so beautiful because it takes all the mythicism out of a person and let’s us have a moment to really relate to them on a human level.”

The New Orleans native continued to speak on her appreciation for biopics, which is why being part of the Wendy Williams story was more important to her than words could express. As she praised Wendy Williams’ contribution to the world of media and entertainment for over thirty years, Payton recognized Williams’ strength, resilience and intelligence displayed throughout her professional and personal life. “She’s always thinking ahead and she has been knocked down so many times, but the beautiful thing about her is that she knows how to always get back up,” said Ciera.

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