Why do you think relationships go wrong?
Tyler Perry: “I had just come out of a relationship that was really one of the most difficult ones I have been in, and I learned so much from it. I'm always asking questions like, ‘God, what was this about? Show me the lesson in this, show me the lesson in this.’ As I was asking and finding the lesson, I started writing these characters. So that's where it came from for me. As far as why do relationships go so wrong, I think people are looking for other people to validate and to fix them, rather than doing the work themselves to get themselves, to make themselves whole, to get themselves better so that they can be ready for the other person.”
After doing this movie, why would you get married?
Janet Jackson: “I don't know. I don't know if I would actually sign the piece of paper and actually get married. I think for myself, especially going through it twice, being divorced twice, it would be more of a spiritual commitment. Finding your soul mate and exchanging vows, that's still marriage in a different way. That’s enough for me. I don’t really need anything else to validate what we have, not saying that you guys do, but that's the way I think I would want [it].”
Tyler, can you talk about taking this from stage to film?
Tyler Perry: “I think it relieves it. Stage, there are a lot of challenges because you're so limited to two hours and how far you can go, and how many places you can take it. On film, my mind and my imagination could just go and open up. That's why we ended up in Canada shooting for a week, rather than on some soundstage somewhere. But most of the movie was shot on a soundstage. But it takes place over a year so it frees me. To write film frees me up.”
Janet, are you finished with your next album? What direction are you taking?
Janet Jackson: “No, I’m working on it. It’ll be out probably first quarter of next year. I’m doing something, still being who I am, I’ll never shy from that. I’m working with a few people. I’m working with Ne-Yo, I’m working with Jermaine, working with Rodney Jenkins…”
(Tyler Perry points at himself and everyone laughs)
Lamman Rucker: “They’ll be doing a duet together.”
Janet Jackson: “This is something different for me because normally it’s myself, Jimmy [Jam] and Terry [Lewis] and always writing music and myself writing the melodies. This is a bit of a departure from [that].”
So Jimmy and Terry are not involved?
Janet Jackson: “As of now, no.”
Janet, what gave you the inspiration for your character?
Janet Jackson: “…I haven’t had children, never experienced that before what Patricia and her husband had gone through. But what really was a pull from myself was – the closest I could come to it was my love of animals, my love for animals. I call them my babies. So there was one in particular that I still haven’t gotten over, and I don’t like to talk about it too much cause it brings up that feeling. It was a difficult scene for me to do, but I had a picture of her actually in the living room while I was doing the scene of she and I when I was a little younger, like in my 20’s. She was my life, and she still is my life, so I drew upon that.”