By Karu F. Daniels
Within a month of exiting her longtime stint on the ABC gabfest The View, Sherri Shepherd (@sherriEShepherd) walked right onto the Broadway stage, making her Great White Way debut as the evil stepmother in the Tony Award winning musical, Rodgers & Hammersteinâ€™s Cinderella. But thatâ€™s not it: The newly single mother recently wrapped filming the sequel to the $150 million-plus grossing comedy Ride Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. She also stars in Chris Rockâ€™s latest flick, Top Five. Here the Chicago native opens up about sleeping with other comedians, motherhood, being single again and her ultimate celebrity crush.
The best piece of advice Iâ€™ve gottenâ€¦
was never let anyone drive your car who couldnâ€™t immediately pay if they damaged it. â€˜Iâ€™m sorryâ€™ wonâ€™t get you to work.
The hardest lesson to learnâ€¦
is that I donâ€™t have to take the weight of the world on my shoulders. I canâ€™t take the weight of Christians, African Americans and of women. Being on The View, I would frequently have people who vehemently disagreed with my stance and would take to social media and fire vicious rants at me. I had to learn that I only have to please an audience of one: God.
Social media has allowed meâ€¦
to get to know people in a different way. I follow a 90-yearold grandmother who is witty and has the best advice. I found out that Roland Martin truly cares about the plight of the younger generation, yet he is country with a wicked sense of humor. It has inspired me to live my best life through bloggers like @CynthiaOccelli.
Being in the tabloidsâ€¦
comes with the territory. We as entertainers hire publicists to get us press, but when weâ€™re in the tabs we are â€˜irritated.â€™ For me, silence is the best answer. Iâ€™m not trying to prove to the world who I am.
My dream jobâ€¦
is an uber successful sitcom. Iâ€™d love to be a chocolate Melissa McCarthy and the go-to girl for funny. And if all else fails, being a legal secretary wasnâ€™t that bad.
Being single againâ€¦
I wonder, â€˜Oh Lord, where do I start? How did I get back to this place?â€™ Now Iâ€™m back at all the singles ministries in church. When I got married, I got to sit in church and enjoy all the sermons. Now, [Iâ€™m] ushering and teaching Sunday School. Now Iâ€™m expected to do clean-up because all the married folks figure I have nothing better to do.