Art Imitates Life in ‘Single Moms Club’

Mar 18, 2014

Taking the role of a single mom in the latest Tyler Perry film, the ‘For Better or Worse’ actress suddenly found herself a single mom in real life

alk about life imitating art. Cocoa Brown was elated when director Tyler Perry called her about a new job. He needed a funnywoman who could deadpan lines and co-star alongside Nia Long in his next film—last week’s The Single Moms Club—and she’s the one who fit the bill. At the time, she was eight months pregnant with her son, and Perry (whom she works for on his OWN sitcom, For Better or Worse) jokingly asked her when that baby was coming out, because he needed her on a soundstage.
Little did Perry know that Brown, 41, was going through her own personal struggle at the time. Right before they started filming, she and her husband separated, and ultimately divorced. She found herself suddenly single. Suddenly a mom. And suddenly really relating to her Single Moms Club character Lytia, a single mom trying to figure it all out.

Now I’m about to get back out and start dating again? I don’t know what these men are about. And now I have a kid… so I really can’t just be out here dating frivolously.

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