Moulin Rouge boosted the star wattage of all involved, including those sassy songbirds from the "Lady Marmalade" video. Consider R&B diva Mya, who's still doing can-can kicks over her Grammy-winning collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott and Pink. "Oh, definitely," she tells TV Guide Online. "I did think it contributed as far as my audience recognition goes. I'm just very thankful for it. Really thankful!"
The up-and-comer hardly is resting on her laurels. She snagged a small role in the much-ballyhooed film version of Broadway's Chicago, opening Christmas Day. "I play Mona the murderess," Mya laughs. "She belongs to a group called the Cell Block Girls, who are in jail. Their men have driven them to where they feel they have to murder for their personal safety or their sanity or just straight up, point-blank revenge.
"At first," she adds, "it was a little intimidating to rehearse right smack next to [co-stars] Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. There are egos in [show] business, but this was so different. This is not the music industry. Everyone was so damn down to earth... It was refreshing. I wouldn't think that at all!"
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old solo artist is mining her "Marmalade" roots for Split Personality pals Pink and Missy Elliott penned songs for the new album, due early next year. (Look for the first single in stores this fall.) "It's reflective of the many different personalities or moods of Mya," she hints. "I'm a Libra, so I'm very moody. I'm just always up and down, trying to find a balance. Sometimes my head is on straight. Other times, I can be an evil bitch!
Oh, is that so? Tell us your scandal, girl! "That's not for me to share right now," she demurs with a chuckle. "I rarely get mad, but if I do, watch the hell out!" Daniel R. Coleridge