Former child star Kyla Pratt is back on the scene. After being behind the camera as the voice of some of our favorite cartoon characters, the actress landed a new gig starring on BET’s sitcom Let’s Stay Together. Although most remember Pratt from her stint on One on One, the fresh-faced actress is all grown up.

Recently, Pratt finally went public about being a mom, and after many were critical of her choices, she penned a letter on her blog defending them. Vibe Vixen recently caught up with Pratt to discuss her new show, motherhood, and why she’s waiting to get married.

Check out some of the highlights:

How did you get added on to the cast of Let’s Stay Together?
Some of the writers of Let’s Stay Together use to work on One on One with me. One of them hit me up on Facebook and asked me if I would be interested, and of course, I was interested. I didn’t second guess it. It was people I’ve worked with before and trust.

Tell us about your character.
My character Crystal is very young; she’s a college student. I like to call her the broke college student who likes to use her cousins as much as she can, whether it’s for laundry or a place to stay. She’s crazy and loves to have fun. Not really serious about life at the moment, but she’s trying to stay in school and live out her dreams of being a film director.

You’ve been in the business since you were seven years old. How have you stayed grounded because most child stars end up going down the wrong path?
I think having people around me who love me. I was brought up to understand this is a job, and I’m very blessed to be put in this position, so there’s no reason to be running around like a crazy person and have an attitude for no reason. This is what I love to do, so I wouldn’t want to start acting crazy.

How have you evolved since you became a mother?
Girl, [laughs] no sleep, but [my baby] is my world! That’s all I think about everyday, and everything I do is just for her. I want to make sure she’s good in her future. I’m enjoying every minute of it!

How was your pregnancy?
My pregnancy was wonderful. I have a great man by my side and a very supportive and loving family that is there for me. I got to enjoy the beauty of another human being growing inside of me. 

Now do you and your man plan on getting married?
Not right now. That’s for the future. We talked about it, but we’re both on the same page.

You recently penned a letter defending your family on your blog. Did you feel you owed people an explanation?
I don’t feel I owe anybody anything; it was just about putting the truth out there, so lies can stop being spread. If they got something to say after this, they can say whatever they want, but I know I am going to tell you what it is, and that’s all I can do. I was just tired of people sending me mess. That letter was for the negative people trying to push things my way. I tried to say it the best way possible without wildin’ out [laughs]. I think I did good!

How do you deal with negativity and the rumors?
I feel like people will always have something to say, so me talking about my daughter on 106 & Park was bound to happen because that’s my everything. I never announced being pregnant because I watched people in the industry have a baby, like Jennifer Freeman and Lauren London. People don’t know the actual story or know what’s really going on, and they are so negative and hurtful. I didn’t want to go through that with my pregnancy. The baby can feel what you’re feeling, so I was like I’m going to enjoy my pregnancy without having people have something to say. So at the point of 106 and Park, it was like, she’s already here now.

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  • Zaza

    By the way,I don’t think marriage equals perfect family either.

    I know some unmarried family friends who have been together for decades and raised their children in a two parent family, we all know single parents who’ve done and excellent job on their own and on the other hand, I know several people trapped in hellish marriages- mentally and sometimes physically abusive- which can’t be a good environment for the kids. Marriage isn’t for everyone,nor necessarily will equal a perfect family…

    Another point, my comment weren’t particularly directed at black women.

    In my social group, the ones my age (early 20’s) who are unmarried and posting photos of their babies of facebook aren’t my black friends, but the white girls I knew at high school. Although this may be different from American experience,as I’m black-african british, and most of my black friends are black african, and most African parents do NOT mess with pregnant before A. education and career and B. marriage lol

  • when stars like Kyla Pratt get pregnant, it only means one thing: I am getting OLD!