Last weekend, Keri Hilson performed a sizzling “She Works Hard For The Money” for VH1 DIVAS 2012‘s spectacular Donna Summer tribute, reminding us that Hilson’s got the pipes, Hilson’s got the moves and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Hilson’s got the legs and looks, as well. It’s been two years since No Boys Allowed dropped and we’re still pumping “Pretty Girl Rock” on a more than semi-regular basis, to be sure, but every spin has us asking: where’s Keri been? We caught up with the Hilson back stage, and she promised us that she’ll be back to pretty girl rocking in 2013 with her acting debut and new music, too!
“I took a little break, and I’m back,” Hilson explained, teasing a new album set for release in the first quarter of next year and beaming with excitement for her upcoming silver-screen debut. Hilson is set to star alongside Vin Diesel — “He’s become my mentor!” — in Chronicles of Ridick: Dead Man Stalking, and she is “super excited” about getting back to her more theatrical roots. “I was a theater major in college,” she said, “Acting is just as much a part of the things that inspire me, and the things that keep me creatively juicy, just as much as music is. I’d love to have a lasting acting career.” And as long as that doesn’t mean an end to the music, we would love her to have that, too.