The actor tells EW how he landed the share, his suggestions on the singers’ putrid feud, and the scheme in which an identical he is to “the boy” within the tune.
It is been 22 years since Brandy and Monica released their hit music “The Boy Is Mine” and now they’re facing off but again in this day’s Verzuz battle, but first, actor Mekhi Phifer, who portrayed the titular boy of their tune video is sharing memories with EW about what it was once be pleased getting between the 2.
It is no secret that the 2 singers had an acrimonious relationship that played out within the media at some level of the years. (Though, Monica has said it was once mostly “sparkling marketing.”) But Phifer considers himself to luxuriate in been a impartial event in any real hullabaloo and is worked up to show support for each girls folks at some level of tonight’s reunion efficiency.
“I had real moved to California from Current York and I was once assembly with the of us alive to with I Tranquil Know What You Did Final Summer season and Brandy had already been cast within the film as my like ardour,” Phifer tells EW about how he landed the feature within the video. “We luxuriate in been on the level of shoot the film in a pair of weeks and in between all that she was once engaged on the tune video for ‘The Boy Is Mine.’ They requested me if I essential to be the boy in ‘The Boy is Mine’ and I belief it will most likely be a cool puny prequel to the film so I said, ‘For definite!’ The relaxation is ancient previous.”
Final year, the tune’s producer Dallas Austin spoke about the “heavyweight pork” between the 2 girls folks that can even honest luxuriate in even gotten physical when Monica allegedly “punched [Brandy] within the face” old to their efficiency at the 1998 Video Music Awards. Though Phifer admits his ride was once a amount of from Austin’s he does select some stress.
“Dallas was once quite of bit more within the abet of-the-scenes on the video and this was once my first time assembly Brandy and Monica,” he explains. “There was once puny stuff there. I believe Brandy and her camp luxuriate in been extinct to having the entire attention on her, in some respects. At this level, Brandy had played Moesha and had hit singles and had already released an album. And Monica was once up-and-coming and doing her factor. So, there can also honest luxuriate in been some stress there but I didn’t truly see it there until maybe quite of bit later.”
Though the tune video ends ambiguously with the viewer no longer definite if both lady ends up with “the boy,” Pfifer cannot commence up to factor within the scheme in which it will most likely pause if it was once shot this day.
“We’re all older and more ancient this day so who is conscious of the scheme in which it will most likely pause? When the video ends, I’m acting coy so we don’t truly know what occurs,” the longtime actor, who most no longer too prolonged ago regarded on Love, Victor, says. “Did I resolve one over the a amount of? Or did they each call me a cheater and bid, ‘Rep some distance from me!’ Who’s conscious of?”
Phifer guarantees he’s a good distance some distance from being anything else be pleased “the boy” he was once then. “Check up on, you gotta resolve — critically abet then in ’98 after I was once round 22 or 23 — whenever that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also very well be younger and that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also very well be real entering into the exchange and that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also very well be going to all of those parties and that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also very well be assembly a mode of of us it be stressful lower than now a massive amount of of us. I know I truly luxuriate in,” he says. “But you grow out of that and you understand for any individual that fits you, whose desires that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also support and vice-versa. You be taught that it be more about quality than amount. That’s more how I am at the moment, more ancient, and more centered. This day, I’m happily married and my essential other and I are constructing for our future. You salvage to a diploma in existence where that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe also’t lope that rat bustle anymore.”
See Brandy and Monica battle it out but again dwell on the Verzuz Instagram page at 8 p.m/ ET/5 p.m. PT.