“Power” Actress Naturi Naughton Talks Christian Roots Conflicting With Character on Starz Drama Series

Naturi Naughton
Naturi Naughton

Is the excessive amount of sex, drugs and violence featured in the hit Starz series “Power” making one of its actors uncomfortable because of her Christian roots?

The answer is not a simple one for 32-year-old singer-turned-actress Naturi Naughton who plays Tasha St. Patrick, the wife of drug dealer James “Ghost” St. Patrick. As Tasha on “Power,” Naughton has appeared nude in graphic sex scenes, used profanity and glorified drug dealing.

While she’s said she feels conflicted at times, the actress who starred in BET’s church comedy “Let the Church Say Amen” last year, believes she is not disrespecting the Church or her Christian faith.

“I’m not going to say it’s always easy, it is a bit of an inner conflict sometimes because I want to make sure that people know that I have so much respect for myself, my community, my church home,” she told The Christian Post in an interview in August 2015. “That’s why doing films like ‘Let the Church Say Amen’ are important to me because going from ‘Power,’ it just shows the diversity of the type of actor that I am. We are not these characters in real life.”

While Naughton still faithfully attends her New Jersey church where she honed her singing voice that helped her rise to fame as a teenager in the girl group 3LW, she is not worried about how church people will receive her latest role.

“I feel like as long as He knows my heart, knows my intention is good, I’m waking up feeling blessed every morning,” she told CP. “So that’s all I worry about.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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