Singer/actress Jill Scott and her fiance, drummer Lil’ John Roberts, will become first-time parents next month. The 36-year-old, who has been promoting her new HBO series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, said finding out she was pregnant sort of threw her for a “huge loop.”
Speaking with Blackvoices.com, Scott dishes on her new series and pregnancy.
Said Jill of finding out she was expecting:
“Well, it stopped things for a moment absolutely. I was told I was pregnant on Friday, and I was supposed to be leaving that day at noon. I found out at 10 a.m. It sort of throws you for a huge loop, especially since I was told could never be pregnant.
“This was a shock, a complete and utter shock to me. I just had to hold things for a day. I called my doctors and, of course, I called my family to let everyone know and to find out if it was okay to travel for that long distance during my first trimester of pregnancy. I wanted to know that I was all right because I hadn’t had any shots. What were the possibilities? I wanted to know them all. Once I got the go-ahead from my doctors, I left the following day.”
Jill said filming in Botswana was a challenge, being pregnant:
“It was 110, 112, 115 degrees for no reason, just because it’s Wednesday or Thursday. That was a challenge. Being pregnant and the heat were very difficult for me, but I had great doctors around me. The crew really paid attention. They didn’t seem to mind it so much. There was a deadline, and I’m the lead. As far as I know, I’m the first African American woman to be the lead of an HBO series, so there was a lot of pressure to get the job done, even between morning sickness.
Jill on possibly returning to her role in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married:
“I would love to come to the role. I’m eight months pregnant right now, so I would love for my character to either be pregnant or want to have a child. There are a lot of difficulties with people trying to conceive. I would like to see that topic addressed.
“I would love for my character to have baggage from her last marriage even though she has a good man. I have this philosophy that if you have had someone bad in your life, the hardest thing in life is to be with a good one. Those topics would be interesting to me.”
Does Jill have a baby name picked out? Yes…but…
“I do, but I’m going to wait til I see his face.”