Angela Bassett Talks Bobbi Kristina Brown, Long-Term Care Campaign, and ‘Whitney’ Biopic

Actress Angela Bassett attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Actress Angela Bassett attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Angela Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston in 1995’s hit “Waiting to Exhale,” but she also made her directorial debut this year with her film “Whitney,” based off the icon’s career and relationship with Bobby Brown.

Bassett, 56, says Houston — who died in 2012 — meant a lot to her and that the current situation with Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is “tragic.”

“I do try to keep my ear open to what some of the developments are,” she told ABC News today.

Brown, 21, has been in the hospital since being discovered three weeks ago unresponsive in her Georgia home.

“I pray for it to work out the way God will have it to,” Bassett added.

She also said she can only hope Brown’s family is able to “find a measure of peace with what is really a heart-wrenching situation.”

Bassett was happy with the way her film about Houston turned out when it was released last month.

“For me as an artist, as a woman, I had to step out of my comfort zone. It was a story I was intent on telling correctly because of what Whitney meant to the world, what she meant to me and because we are all Whitney. We all make our choices and we all have our dreams and our aspirations,” she said. “I was very happy with how it turned out.”

Conversations about losing or sick loved ones are difficult, but Bassett stressed “they can be had” as long as they have compassion.

In fact, she spoke to ABC News for an initiative close to her heart called “Let’s Talk Now,” created by Genworth. The idea is to not be afraid to have that conversation now with loved ones about long term care and planning.

Bassett had to deal with different long-term care situations involving both her mother Betty Jane, who died last year, and mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with ALS and is now living with her family.

“I know the importance of it,” she said of having that talk with your kids or other loved ones. “It’s absolutely something we are each going to deal with, our parents as well as ourselves, one day.”

Bassett, who has two children with her husband Courtney B. Vance, said the important thing when having this serious talk is only bringing up what they can handle for their ages.

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SOURCE: ABC News – Michael Rothman

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