Nicki Minaj Gushes Over Young Girl Playing 'Nicki' on Upcoming TV Show: She Made Me Cry
By Alex Ungerman
Nicki Minaj has got a lot of praise!
The rapper has announced the cast for Nicki, the upcoming ABC Family (soon to be called Freeform) scripted comedy series loosely based on the 33-year-old singer's life before becoming a pop star, and she seemed particularly excited about Ariana Neal.
Minaj shared on Instagram that the Fruitvale Station actress, who plays the titular role in the new show, brought her to tears!
"I literally cried watching her taped audition. I demanded to meet her," Minaj wrote.
"Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat," the "Anaconda" singer added. "Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She's tough! And so sweet & cute. #ArianaNeal #LilNicki Welcome to the family lil lady bug!"
"Selita Ebanks (“Real Husbands of Hollywood“) will play the role of Grace, Nicki’s mom; Wesley Jonathan (“The Soul Man”) will play Vincent, Nicki and Jaylen’s father; and McCarrie McCausland (“Army Wives,” “The Originals”) is cast as Jaylen, Nicki’s older brother. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as Nicki’s neighbor, Miss Martha. Minaj is executive producer and will also appear in the show," ABC Family announced in a press release on Friday.
"The single-camera comedy is inspired by the story of Minaj and her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s, her growing up in Queens, New York with her vibrant family, and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom," the press release added.
Meanwhile, Minaj may have some even bigger news. Watch the video below for the new rock on her finger that's making a lot of the rapper's fans think she may be engaged!