IEddie Murphy broke a family rule so that Bella could star in Coming 2 America. In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Bella is dishing on her famous father’s mindsight when it comes to his children and show-business.
“We’re not allowed to work in this industry until we’re 18. So I didn’t think that would be a possibility,” the rising star said in her interview.
Murphy made it clear that Bella, who was 17-years-old at the time she auditioned for the movie, had to earn the role. “She had to audition for Craig Brewer, who directed the movie,” he told Good Morning America. “I wasn’t muscling my kid into the movie. She had to really be able to deliver. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have gotten the role.”
Bella went from cameo to full-fledged cast member. It was the role of her dreams.
“Me and my dad do lots of acting scenes together, just for fun,” Bella explained. “He’s a great teacher and it’s just something we enjoy doing. We also watch a bunch of movies, and I was going to acting classes.”
She continued, “I think he just saw that, and saw how passionate I was about it, and was like, ‘I think I’m just going to let you audition for the princess if you want. He gave that option to me. Which of course I took, because I wanted to do it. So I did the audition, and I practiced with him, and it was awesome.”
Bella plays, Princess Omma, one of three daughters of the Zamundan King Akeem and his wife Queen Lisa Joffer.
Murphy has 10 children, and only a few have followed in his footsteps to become actors. Bella joins siblings Eric Murphy and Bria Murphy in the pursuit of cultivating their talents in Hollywood.
Coming 2 America airs this Friday, March 5th, on Amazon Prime.