Actress Rosario Dawson will never forget herself for disappointing Prince with her lack of musical skills during their first meeting back in 1998,
The star of the new movie Unforgettable, told Kelly Ripa and her guest co-host Van Jones, another friend of the late musician, that she was just 19 when she first met Prince.
The Sin City beauty was just 19 when Prince got a hold of her phone number. “[He] said, ‘You’re the voice of a generation; and invited her to his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota to record a spoken word piece for his 1999: The New Master remix album.
“I completely embarrassed myself, as you do when you’re like meeting someone who you’re completely in love with,” she admitted. “He had a limo pick me up, that had a white shag carpet…’ she recalled on U.S. morning show Live With Kelly on Friday, the first anniversary of his death.
“Then, one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, he goes, ‘Ok, before we do the recording, let’s jam out or something.’ He puts you on the spot!” she exclaimed. “And I was like, ‘I really can’t play anything,’ and he goes, ‘Oh come on, everyone can play something!’ (I said), ‘No, no, I really can’t.’
“I was like, ‘I, I really can’t play anything!’ and he goes, ‘Oh come on, everybody can play something,’” she recalled. “And he’s like: ‘DRUMS.’”
As she started to play, Dawson says, “He was like, ‘Yeah, no.’”
Later, Prince eventually forgave Rosario for her musical shortcomings and they became good friends. Dawson laughed, “If you listen to the ‘1999’ remix…it’s a brilliant thing that he wrote, but it’s probably the worst acting I’ve ever done, because the entire time, I was like, ‘I just disappointed Prince.