On last night’s The New Normal, the story revolved around a pretend wedding for elementary-schoolers Shania and Wilbur, who, after three and half weeks of courtship, felt it was time to put a ring on it. Bryan used this opportunity to live out his dreams of a wedding with David, making it a fabulous event that included lamb sliders and a dress made of leaves. Of course, no wedding is complete without a tearjerking speech. Instead, Rocky, played by NeNe Leakes, read the words of Shania’s favorite poet, Nicki Minaj.
“You always told me forget the haters, just get my money, just get my weight up,” quoted NeNe, from Nicki’s 2010 song “Right Thru Me.” You can watch the whole moving recitation in the video above. When the show aired, the Real Housewife tweeted “I live 4 Nikki chile.” Now we can only hope for a cameo of NeNe in the next Nicki Minaj video.
NeNe’s transition from reality star to actress has been quite the seamless one, and on The New Normal, we see her shine bright like the hilarious — and highly quotable — star she was born to be. In case you aren’t onboard with us yet, here are four reasons to watch NeNe as Rocky on The New Normal:
- NeNe always catches us off guard when she slides in lines like, “My dad can’t afford a new leg,” when Bryan is listing off the expensive foods like chipotle-marinated flank steak and lamb sliders for a pretend wedding.
- She always stands strong for what she believes. Like NeNe’s remarks to Nana in the pilot: “The last time I checked this diamond-speckled watch my gay boss bought me without his consent, it was 2012. Now why don’t you take your Callista Gingrich hair-do and your racist mind back to the past or the South where they belong.”
- She always brings the sass, whether or not it’s officially called for. During her interview on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live Leakes said that she had director Ryan Murphy change the character of Rocky to fit her.
- We know that NeNe loves her some Christian Louboutins, and Rocky rocks them too. We can be sure that she’s always going to bring us some bomb fashions every episode.