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Jill Scott Says ‘Baggage Claim’ is a “Universal Story”


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The much-anticipated romantic comedy Baggage Claim opens this week, with an all-star cast including Paula Patton, Lala Anthony, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry and Taye Diggs, among others.

One of those other stars is Jill Scott, who portrays a flirtatious flight attendant in the David E. Talbert-directed film.  She tells ABC News Radio what attracted her to the role.

“I chose this character, and I chose this movie, because when I read the script, I hadn’t seen this before, an airline stewardess, whose family is married, that’s what they do, the entire family,” she says.  “And she’s going to her youngest sister’s wedding and I hadn’t seen this.  You know, a flight attendant, professional women and my character ‘Gail Best’ she’s funny and she’s really free with her personality and disposition.”

Jill works in the movie alongside some of Hollywood’s hottest hunks, and Jill admits it made for a pleasant work environment. 

“It was really great.  It was, like, really surreal because everyday there’s somebody else fantastic that I love and admire walking onto the set,” she says.  “So one minute I’m rehearing lines and practicing my lines and the next thing I know, here’s Djimon Hounsou rolling up in a Bentley, looking amazing, the next minute Boris Kodjoe is coming up and he’s dapper in this fantastic suit.  Beautiful eye-candy, I loved it.”

The feel-good flick follows Patton, who’s determined to get engaged to one of her ex-boyfriends within 30 days, before her youngest sister ties the knot.  Like Patton’s character, Jill says she’s gone to extremes to find a last-minute date for a friend’s wedding.

“Actually, yeah, I was going to a wedding and I didn’t have a date and I felt pretty embarrassed by that. Like, I hate to show up, a wedding is romantic, you know you fall in love at weddings, you hook up at weddings, and here I am showing up by myself,” Jill recalls.

“I did ask someone that I barely knew if he would go to the wedding with me,” she says.  “I didn’t know if I liked him.  I didn’t know if I would like him.  It’s kind of awkward for that to be your first date, but I’ve done that, definitely.”

Even though the film has an ensemble of all African American actors, Jill says it tells a story that can resonate with people from all sorts of backgrounds.

“It is a universal story, anybody could have played this, meaning any race of people could have played, or any race of cast could have played in this film,” she says. “I need more universal films.  I’d like to have to see films that have great stories, the great American story period.” 

Baggage Claim hits theaters nationally on September 27.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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