In the current Spring/Summer 2011 issue, we had the pleasure to do a covershoot and one-on-one interview with former MTV VJ host, Lala Vazquez-Anthony. With a fruitful career as a popular former MTV VJ host, hosting her own radio show in one of the top 3 markets in the country, and several small roles in motion pictures, Lala Vazquez-Anthony (actor/producer) has covered much ground in the past 10 years. On July 10, 2010, she added the role of wife to her roster when she married her soulmate, NY Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony, at the legendary Cipriani on 42nd St. in NYC. Check out the interview here, and then exclusive images of her star studded wedding which included Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland, and Serena Williams just to name a few. Enjoy!
MBM: How did you and your husband Carmelo Anthony meet?
LALA: We met through a mutual friend DJ Clue. I was hosting a show on MTV with DJ Clue at the time and he said
I really want to introduce you to someone that wants to meet you. He introduced us and it started off as a
friendship which evolved over time into something more.
MBM: Do you remember your first date?
LALA: I do remember our first date, actually. I was shooting something for MTV when they used to have those summer beach house shows.
I was shooting in Long Beach, and he flew there to see me. We had dinner at the
hotel I was staying at, and hung out that night. It was a fun time, I remember it vividly.
MBM: How and when did Carmelo propose? Do you recall that day?
LALA: He proposed to me on Christmas of 2004. It was the end of Christmas, we were going to bed. I didn’t think
anything of it, I [figured] we opened our gifts for the day and it was over with….and then he just surprised me
and pulled out a ring asking me to marry him. I was completely surprised and caught off -guard.
MBM: You were with Carmelo for four years when you had your son, Kiyan. After Kiyan was born, how did life change for you?
LALA: I have another person to be responsible for. I want to set a good example for him. I want to make the
right choices. I want him to be proud of his mom and dad and the decisions we make. [As a mom] you find
yourself thinking things through a lot more than you would have before, and how they will affect [the childs]
life. You totally just have a different perspective on things.
MBM: What made you decide to get married after 7 years of being in a relationship?
LALA: It was something we never really talked about. Then Kiyan was old enough to figure out what was
going on. He would ask ‘Why does mommy have a different last name than me and daddy?’ We realized we
should do this. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be married. We lived together, we have a great
relationship…so once we started having the conversation, it happened.
MBM: Are you planning on changing your last name?
LALA: Legally I already changed my last name. It is Anthony, but for work stuff I’m still trying to figure it out.
Eventually, anything is a natural progression. I’ll let it happen naturally.
MBM: Now that you’re married, has anything as far as the dynamics of you and Carmelo’s relationship changed?
LALA: The dynamics of the relationship are the same, because we have been together for so long. I would be lying if I
said there isn’t a place inside of me that just knows it’s done and official. Especially after all the speculation and
people saying it would never happen. Overall, the relationship is the same.
MBM: How has Kiyan responded to the wedding?
LALA: He’s great! He doesn’t know anything different. He thinks we all got married and asks ‘when are we going to
get married again?’ He doesn’t understand the dynamics of it now but it’s great to be a family unit and united
in that way…We’re really happy about it.
MBM: Anything you would have done differently with regards to your wedding?
LALA: Looking back, it was the best time I could have ever imagined. It was the best time ever.
I had so much fun, so not at all.
MBM: What was your biggest challenge in planning your wedding?
LALA: The hardest thing was the guest list. It’s hard because you don’t want to offend people. When it was all
said and done we went way over our projected number.
MBM: What’s your favorite thing to do as a couple?
LALA: We love to be couch potatoes and watch movies and tv and hang out. We’re always so busy so we use any
chance we have to have downtime together.
MBM: What’s the next move for you in your career?
LALA: In January 2011 I have a movie coming out with 50 Cent and Val Kilmer called The Gun. I’m excited about that. I’m
trying to figure out if I’m going to do another season of the reality show. And continuing to audition and take my
acting classes to break into the acting side as best I can.
MBM: Has acting been a passion of yours?
LALA: Yes it has, I lived in LA and was on the radio and started getting into acting, then I got the MTV job so it pulled me
away from it. This movie with Val Kilmer and 50 Cent is a good re-introduction into the film world.
MBM: Congrats on your success with your VH1 Reality show.
LALA: The success of the reality show was amazing. When you put yourself out there like that you never know how people
are going to react…so to have so many people watch it and respond to it is such a good thing.
MBM: You and Carmelo have maintained this great relationship. What advice would you give to newly married couples?
LALA: You have to make time for each other even outside of kids if you have any. Being pulled in so many directions,
you forget to give energy and time to your own relationships. Have date nights, go to the movies…can’t forget that
because that’s what got you to the place you are in and you don’t want to lose the fun of the relationship.
MBM: Being a mother, wife, and having a successful career in the spotlight, how do you balance the three?
LALA: It’s very difficult. It’s a constant balancing act. Just like anything else, if you put the time and energy
into it, you will get the results you want out of it.
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang :: Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes :: Caterer: Cipriani 42nd St. :: Floral/Event Design: Ed Libby Events :: Entertainment: DJ Clue :: Formalwear: Waraire Boswell :: Hair: Crystal Oliver :: Honeymoon: Costa Rica :: Makeup: Eric Ferrell :: Registry: Bloomingdales :: Shoes: Christian Louboutins :: Stationary: Lehr & Black :: Venue: Cipriani 42nd St. :: Wedding Planner: Mindy Weiss :: Photography: Bob and Dawn Davis
We are so excited that our covergirl Lala and Carmelo are coming back to the Big Apple because of Carmelo’s trade to the NY Knicks! VH1 will be recording a 10 episode reality segment (to be named) documenting their move back to NY and life as a married couple. The record breaking reality show, “Lala’s Full Court Wedding” will re-air on Sunday, February 27th. On the same day, Lala will also be participating in a live chat with VH1 on Twitter at 7pm and 11pm. Viewers are encouraged to follow @Lala on twitter and @VH1 and use hashtag #FullCourtWedding to participate in the chat.
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