Remember Maia Campbell who played Tiffany on the late 90s sitcom “In the House”?
You might remember seeing a video of her that surfaced in 2009 that didn’t paint her in the best of light. She appeared to be intoxicated and drugged up while sitting in a Monte Carlo, yelling obscenities at the men filming her. The video prompted a ‘Pray4Maya’ trending topic on Twitter, and shortly afterward there were rumors that she had checked into rehab. However, another video of Maia exhibiting “Felicia-like” tendencies surfaced a year later, followed by a mug shot, and it looked as though she had fallen onto pretty hard times.
Now, years later, Maia is speaking about what she was and still is struggling with. She was hurt by the videos that surfaced online, but she said the attention helped her turn her life around. Now she’s clean, sober and working on a comeback. Some of her goals include a reality show, working on her music career, pushing her mom Bebe Moore Campbell’s novel ’72 Hour Hold’ to movie producers and searching for positive acting roles.
Check out excerpts from her interview on a BlogTalk Radio show below:
What’s going on in her life.
I’ve been sober for two years, and a lot of people can’t say that. I’m timid, shy and broken a little bit by some of the responses [online], but then again so much support from the people saying “No! She’s none of that.” Real friends stepping up … And just showing me who the real people were in my life. It helped me find myself and find out that there’s a real true artist inside of me–that no matter what obstacles may come, he’s not going to let you fall, and he’s not going to let you down.
I started ministering to myself and looking at my heart … Finding my voice … And it just made me stronger. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Like Drake says, “It’s far from over…” I listened to the music that people were making, and it kept inspiring me. I started making music, and I just stepped out on a limb. My mom died … So much has happened. I miss people in my life. I miss LL [Cool J]. Debbie Allen came back to the community … And for once so many miracles. I swear so many miracles!
On the state of her career and the youtube videos that surfaced:
I went on to do movies, and nobody talked about it, and that hurt me. I did a movie called ‘Rim Shop’ after Katrina had happened in New Orleans. We went down there, and that place looked a mess, seriously. We shot a film out there just to help those people, to bring revenue in and just show our support to their situation. Then, I did a gospel kind of Tyler Perry play called ‘Friends and Lovers’.
I’m trying to reach out to Tyler Perry about one of the mom’s latest novels. She was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize for literature. [It's called 72-Hour Hold] it was a story about her and my relationship, and I wish that Halle Berry would pick it up and read it if you’re listening. I would love for her to play the lead character.
There are so many goals and dreams that God has put in my heart while I’m sitting here sober. And I’m not doing the things I use to do. The way they attacked me on the Internet–it was BS. These guys said they were going to shoot a video for my music. I was trying to work independently–and I’m not saying that I was clear headed to believe them, but I was not doing what the heck they said I was doing. They blasted me with the words they put on the screen and just made everybody look at me another way. And I’m like, “That’s really messed up if anybody believes that!” But a lot of people didn’t. And they knew that and came to my rescue and said, “Let’s just get you all the way right.”
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