BET Networks started the year by introducing a new original comedy film.
“Fall Girls,” produced by Footage Films, tells the story of two friends figuring how their boss died after a night of partying. Unlike most murder mystery films, “Fall Girls” has a comedic twist staring female leads.
The comedy was executive produced and directed by Chris Stokes. Erica Peeples, known for her role in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and Paris Phillips, from VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop,” spoke with the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper about their roles.
Peeples described working on a comedy film as a joyful experience.
“It definitely was a different environment. We had a blast though! We went on many adventures. We even rode around in go-carts one time,” laughed Peeples.
Phillips, who is known for her comedic dialogue, echoed Peeples statements.
“I remember those go-carts!” joked Phillips.
“We had so much fun on set. I remember we even crashed a party while filming. We were shooting at a resort and someone was having an anniversary. We heard music and came right on in,” continued Phillips.
Despite coming from reality television, Phillips shared that working on a comedy film felt natural to her as breathing.
“I’ve always been the class clown growing up. I was always telling jokes. I have to be honest, I was nervous at first but everyone treated me like family once I was on set.”
Family is an important theme for both Phillips and Peeples. They expressed that their personal families motivated them to pursue their craft.
“My family is and has always been my backbone. They have supported me since I started acting at six,” said Peeples.
“My family is happy I can finally tell jokes and make money!” Phillips said over the phone while laughing.
Fall Girls also stars Amara La Negra, Tami Roman, and Erica Hubbard, who are all part of the female-driven story. Many films, especially comedy, lack women leading roles. Peeples believes the new wave of female comedians sends a powerful message.
“I’ll take Tiffany Haddish for example. She is killing the game now. I’m happy that directors like Christopher Stokes are providing roles for women of color to lead. Also, the great actresses like Whoopi Goldberg or Jada Pinkett-Smith are encouraging. They a passing the torch to other Black women to lead.” said Peeples.
With comedy being a male-dominated industry, Phillips says she isn’t backing down anytime soon. She thrives on focusing on herself and not others.
“I have to do it for myself. I want to keep going and set my own bar. I’m not worrying about what a man or anyone else is doing,” Phillips told us.
Although both actresses have television experience, they still remain humble. The pair credits their beliefs in God for motivation. Peeples focuses on other crafts to maintain a clean mental state.
“You have to practice balance. For myself, I make music, practice meditation, and yoga. Taking time for yourself is important,” expressed Peeples.
“I agree as well,” said Phillips.
“You have to protect your space. It’s okay to be by yourself. Don’t let anyone bring negative energy into your life.”
“Fall Girls” premiered Saturday, Jan. 12 on BET Networks. For showings and trailers, visit bet.com for more information.