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Sheryl Lee Ralph says fans would mistake her for Whitney Houston

Sheryl Lee Ralph says fans would mistake her for Whitney Houston

Sheryl Lee Ralph says fans would mistake her for Whitney Houston

Sheryl Lee Ralph recalls being mistaken for Whitney Houston twice on the same plane ride

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Sheryl Lee Ralph She recalled that fans accidentally confused her with Whitney Houstonbefore the singer’s death in 2012.

When the Abbott Elementary The star, 67, played Deena Jones in the original Broadway production of dream girls In 1981, some people believed she was Houston.

“There was a point after Dream Girls (on Broadway) when I was getting on a plane and someone said, ‘Hi, Whitney.’ ‘I’m not Whitney Houston,’” Ralph explained in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

She went on to note that she was on a plane when this exchange occurred, adding: “Time goes by and then the next person says, ‘Oh, Mrs. Houston.’ ‘I’m not Whitney Houston.’”

“A plane flight happened and the flight attendant came over with a bottle of wine and said, ‘I just want to tell you how much I adore you, miss…’ and I said, ‘I’m not Whitney Houston!’ The person backed away and said, ‘I’m sorry. Aren’t you Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph?’ “I felt very embarrassed,” said the actress.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ralph joked that he often has trouble putting names to faces, which inspired a running joke with his character. Abbott Elementary.

The Emmy winner chose the wrong actor Orlando Bloom and others for famous people she thought were black.

Sheryl Lee Ralph recalls being mistaken for Whitney Houston twice on same plane ride

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She joked that “for some reason, I see people differently than their names.”

“I knew for a fact that Orlando Bloom was a black man. I knew he was a young, black football player. I knew that. When I saw him, I thought, ‘That’s not Orlando Bloom,’” Ralph said.Orlando Brown Jr. is an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.)

Ralph also believed that Sex in the city creator Darren Star he was a “young black influencer.”

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She continued: “I was proud of Darren Star! Then I was at one of those balls, Elton John either Elizabeth Taylor …and someone said, ‘You must go meet Darren Star.’ I said, ‘Where is he?’ They say, ‘He’s there.’ ‘Where? That’s an older white guy.’”

In addition to starring in the hit school comedy as kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard, Ralph also has another job on his plate. He is ready to announce the Emmy nominations along with the actor Tony Hale on July 17 at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on television on September 15.

Ralph won his first Emmy in 2022 for Abbott Elementary.