In February you released Muse, a series of shorts, which you created, starred in, and you did the music for. How did that project fit in with everything else?
I wanted to produce my own thing. It just got announced that it made it into the Palm Springs International Film Festival which is huge. We also did a cool screening at Cannes for it. It was directed by Darren Genet, and was an incredible experience because it was something that really started off as really just one song, and then it was three songs, and then it turned into a full film series, and then it was a black and white film noir thing. I thought it was important because I really kind of – not quit music – but I really put it on hold, for a couple of years. My label folded, I needed to re-record everything, and I just needed to come back to myself after recording dance music written by other people. I wanted the first thing that people heard, for there to be a bit of a bridge between acting and music, because so many people do know me from Vampire Diaries, which is such a blessing because there are so many shows that either make it on the air, and they’re not a hit, or they get cancelled, or they’re not internationally known. People don’t understand the rarity of that, so not to shun that but to create a bridge saying ‘Listen I’m acting, and I’m doing music’, and it’s also great to let people know I’m really focused on producing now.
I’m really into producing and developing film, and I just released the news with Deadline that I’m producing and starring in the Tammi Terrell biopic – that’s something that was important for me to tell her story, but also it’s very very difficult to find roles that either don’t typecast you as the token black girl, I mean Hollywood is the most racist industry.