TODAY | February 07, 2013
>> albums sold worldwide and six grammys toni braxton has always been a leading lady in the world of music. now she's landed her first starring role in a lifetime movie zoosh it is called " twist of fate ." toni plays a single mom , nina, rooted in the church who meets a mysterious man and discovers they share a mutual love for singing. take a look. with every moment god has a passion he is sending my way at this moment he believes in me i believe in you
>> he looks like --
>> they're singing live. it's not lip-synching. so good to see you.
>> that's beautiful what we were just listening to.
>> it's reminiscent a little of the music from --
>> this is a mysterious man you meet, you fall for.
>> not initially. my character, her name is nina, and she's very -- she's a schoolteacher. i went to college to be a teacher. i'm a preacher's kid and lived next door to the church.
>> she's buttoned up.
>> very angry at love and life . they meet and find each other, but not initially, as i said before. he loses his wife and his kids, tragically. he is jewish and a a christian, and a gospel singer in the church, and we need mete and fall in love.
>> can't stop love.
>> this is true.
>> how do the families react?
>> well, his parents don't know. once go black, you don't go back.
>> now, do you enjoy the acting? obviously we know you as a singer, but you seem to fit so well in this role.
>> i think it was very natural.
>> thank you for that. i think it was the character i was representing. i have to commend lifetime for doing a script like this because it was risky. there was a scene they wanted us to make out in church. i said, guys, i can't make out in church. it's a multi-purpose room. it doesn't matter.
>> they changed it and said, you're right, let's change it. it was a very brave movie zoosh it's another person acting in this as well.
>> your son has a role in this.
>> diesel. what a cool name for a kid.
>> i love that. oh, my gosh.
>> diesel is a student in my classroom, and he comes and asks me a few questions. he is excited about that.
>> in real life your son has been diagnosed with autism.
>> he was offered the leading role, and you thought it might be too much for him.
>> as a mom and school had just started. he would have to have tutors and too much responsibility. baby steps.
>> you have become an advocate for autism.
>> yes, very early diagnosis has changed the situation where w my son. he is now high functioning. very lucky.
>> we showed off one of your dresses from back in the day. you were showing it all.
>> that was b.c., before children.
>> let's just live here for just a minute.
>> what do you think about cbs saying we don't want to see as much skin exposed?
>> i don't understand. it's rock 'n' roll, and we are always pushing the envelope. you don't want us to look so trashy?
>> do you know how much this costs?
>> i'm a little disappointed, but they'll be clever.
>> you think they'll obey the laws?
>> no, no.
>> they're rebels and renegades and -- they're not going to obey.
>> someone will have a dress with butt crack on it. this is not my butt crack , but --
>> they'll fuzz out everything. they don't want you thinking butt crack . not even thinking.
>> that's no fun.
>> nothing allowed.
>> toni, best of luck with this movie.
>> " twist of fate " premiers this saturday on lifetime.