American Horror Story star Angela Bassett is no stranger to portraying icons on the silver screen. Roles like civil rights game-changer Rosa Parks and What’s Love Got To Do With It diva Tina Turner have solidified her career as an actress. (She won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Turner in 1993.)

This weekend, we’ll see Bassett bring music-industry royalty to life from behind the camera when Whitney premieres on Lifetime. A biopic of the legendary Whitney Houston, the film marks Bassett’s debut as a director.

Bassett recently stopped by The Morning Jolt to chat with Larry Flick about working with Houston on the film Waiting To Exhale and her experience working behind the scenes on Whitney.

“My first time meeting her, I was able to say, ‘I just think you are magnificent. I just know God touched your vocal chords.’ … and she said, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I feel the same about you in the way you act.’ … It was just mutual, kind …Two girls just talking honestly without artifice or anything. That’s what was charming about her,” Bassett said.

“I find people very interesting: the good that they do. The strange that they do.”

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