Although LisaRaye gained fame and notoriety for her role in a 90s film by Ice Cube called The Players Club, the actress claims that the stigma behind playing a stripper in the cult classic gave her an identity crisis. In an interview with PageSix, the 54-year-old actress harkened back to what it was like to prepare for the character of Diamond and the long-lasting effect that the movie has had on her career.
“I had an identity crisis after Players Club because I felt like I had to have the long hair and look like my character, Diamond, in order to be recognized,” LisaRaye said. “Players Club put me on the map… it made me a bona fide sex symbol, and when you are a sex symbol people think that you’re sexy all the time, and that stigma follows you…So I am forever Diamond.”
The film was released back in 1998 and LisaRaye has gone on to star in many other roles but the name Diamond still rings bells for the majority of her supporters.