The Jacksons are, without a doubt, one of the most famous families in American history. And one of the most lovable and unpredictable members of this dynasty, La Toya Jackson, is now appearing in the new season of her reality series Life With La Toya, which airs Saturdays at 10/9c on OWN (Ch. 279). La Toya spoke with DIRECTV about the new season, her off-Broadway experiences, and how to stay strong in difficult times.
Why don’t you tell us how things have changed for the new season of Life with La Toya?
It’s bigger, it’s better, there’s just so much more going on. It’s more exciting because you’re becoming more in tune with my life. We go through New York and an off-Broadway play, NEWSical The Musical. We go into the studio and record, we do our video, we go to Hawaii… there’s just so much going on! We also get engaged!
Do you ever get to sleep???
I do. Very little, but you know what, I like staying busy.
Speaking of your time off-Broadway, when are you coming back to New York?
Oh, that was so much fun. It’ll take place on the show in the next couple of weeks, and you’ll see that. I just love New York!
Obviously, you’ve been very successful, but you’ve also been through a whole lot in your life. You’re truly a survivor at this point. What advice would you give to somebody who is going through a rough time of it right now?
I would tell anybody that’s going through anything that’s difficult and having a hard time, that they have to stay positive, they have to stay strong no matter what. Don’t let anything overtake you.
You become bigger than your circumstances, and you take over your circumstances in a positive way.
Music is a big part of your life and your history. Who are you listening to right now?
I love, I mean adore, Bruno Mars. I think he’s just incredible. He’s just one of the greatest entertainers out there today.
Tell us about some of the other projects you’re working on right now.
I’m executive producer of a new film that came out. It’s a documentary called Dancing in Jaffa. It’s 150 eleven-year-olds that we taught the art of dance. And we did this [despite] the fact that the Jewish and Palestinian Israelis do not get along, as we all know. They live among each other in the same community, but their cultures are so different. So, what we felt was, “How can we bring peace amongst these people?”
We figured, why don’t we take eleven-year-olds and teach them the art of dance—elegant dancing like ballroom dancing? Through that, they just adored and loved each other. When we started, they were so against it, they opposed it, and they forgot about it all when they started to dance. They began to embrace each other, they began to love each other. It just shows how you can spread love and peace through the art of dance without even realizing it.
Jeffré [Phillips] and I are also producing the Noble Awards, which will be at the Dolby Theatre. The Noble Awards are basically the Grammys of charity, so it’s all charitable events. I think it’s wonderful to give back and do things of that nature, and that’s why I’m involved in that as well.
I love doing things that inspire and help other people.
Life with La Toya airs Saturdays at 10/9c on OWN (Ch. 279).