Besides creating hit records, T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli have always expressed their interests in acting since the beginning. Very early on in their careers, they have stated they wanted to see TLC toys on the market, a TLC cartoon and each member wanted to be in the movies one day!
We’re celebrating the many movie roles the ladies of TLC have been cast in over the years, both as a group and individually!
House Party 3 (1994)
TLC made their feature-film debut in the 3rd instalment of the hit House Party comedy franchise along with the rap duo Kid N Play.
TLC played the role of a group called Sex As A Weapon, and performed at the end of the movie with Kid N Play in the song “Make Noize“.
During TLC’s downtime between albums, Left Eye was a host for the MTV show The Cut, Chilli gave birth to her son Tron, and T-Boz decided to take up the opportunity to star in the Hype Williams movie Belly.
She played the role of Tionne, the girlfriend of Sincere (played by Nas). Tionne urged Sincere to drop the gang lifestyle and live a better life to have a future with his family.
Chilli plays the cameo role of Kris in Tru Love, an in-film movie based on the story being told, based on an eventful weekend in the life of Lee Plenty.
She shares the hilarious cameo scene with Lauryn Hill, Nia Long, Mehki Phifer and Shemar Moore.
A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000)
Based on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, Vanessa Williams plays the role of Ebony Scrooge, an ego-driven pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits.
Chilli plays the role of Marli Jacob, a member of Ebony’s girl group Desire. Marli died in a car crash and haunts Ebony in a bid to help her change her selfish ways!
Chilli performs an original song with the group called “Heartquake“.
Snow Day (2000)
In the Nickelodeon movie Snow Day, Chilli plays the cameo role of Mona, a friend of Laura Brandston, who is struggling to juggle a business career and family duties — an act which becomes more complicated when the storm forces her to simultaneously telecommute and harness the undisciplined energy of her youngest child.
An unexpected snowstorm buries Syracuse, New York, the kids celebrate a day off from school while their elders mourn the inconvenience.
Bamboozled is a satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors with blackface makeup and the resulting violent fallout from the show’s success.
Left Eye has an uncredited cameo in a club scene with co-star Savion Glover, filmed during an afterparty for the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Despite never being able to fully fulfil her movie ambitions, Lisa once auditioned for a part in the movie Josie & The Pussycats, as did Aaliyah and Beyonce!
Love Song (2000)
Love Song is an MTV original movie. A privileged, black college student Camille (Monica) with a fiance falls in love with a white musician (Christian Kane) she meets on her 21st birthday.
Chilli plays the role of a house director.
Grieving narcotics agent Ray Nettles (Tom Sizemore) and police Detective Art Rice (Nas) are assigned to investigate a series of horrific bombings that have rocked the city of San Francisco.
When Nettles discovers that these acts of terror are the work of notorious IRA agent Alex Swan (Dennis Hopper), he enlists the help of explosives expert Frank Glass (Steven Seagal).
Chilli plays the cameo role as Lilly, a friend of Art Rice, trying to earn a living for her baby.
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013)
T-Boz and Chilli both served as executive producers for the timeless biopic about being part of one of the biggest girl groups in music history — from their own perspectives!
Drew Sidora was chosen to portray T-Boz; Keke Palmer as Chilli; and rapper Lil Mama played Left Eye. CrazySexyCool went on to become the highest rated original movie on VH1.
T-Boz and Chilli make an appearance at the end of the movie as themselves whilst recording the movies theme song, “Meant To Be“, produced and written by Ne-Yo.
Trolland / Trollz (2016)
Fenn the Troll (Ja Rule) hates the Troll pastime of pranking, and is teased so much for it by Jarvik (T-Boz) and friends that he runs away. But when a long-suffering park ranger starts capturing the other Trolls, it’s up to Fenn to rescue his family and friends! Featuring an all star line-up including Jerry O’Connell, Dick Van Dyke and Chris Daughtry.
T-Boz has previously done voiceover work in an animation in 2014 for Black Dynamite.
Set in 1940, a young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case.
Zora Neale Hurston (Chilli) shows up briefly in a fun scene with Langston Hughes (Jussie Smollett).
That’s a wrap, for now!
Whilst we wait for the ladies to take up more movie roles, you can catch T-Boz regularly playing the role of Sheila Watkins on Days Of Our Lives on NBC.
Chilli is working on her own healthy cooking show, Fix My Plate, set to air in 2019.