Fantasia on Color Purple:
'I ain't never heard the sleep word so much in my life until I got on Broadway,'' she says with a laugh. ''I'm so tired - mentally tired, physically tired.''
The content of the show has also drained her.
''Miss Celie takes a lot of out of me,'' Fantasia says in her soft, raspy Southern drawl, in between bites of a light lunch. ''I'm being told everyday that I'm ugly. ... you can't play the part if you don't kind of put yourself in her shoes and live her life. So it's like, I carry that stuff with me.''
''I put myself in her shoes in having (daughter) Zion at such a young age and dropping out of school and being in just bad relationships and disrespected,'' she says.
'I just feel like God won't put too much on me than I can bear,'' she says with a heavy sigh. ''As long as I feel like I'm touching somebody ... as long as I'm blessing somebody, I know that I'll be blessed.''
''It's teaching me discipline,'' says Fantasia, who believes she'll be a new woman when it's over.
''I won't look at things the same. After doing Broadway, you can do anything!''
Source: New York (AP)