In the new Lifetime film ‘Vanished: Searching for My Sister,’ Tatyana Ali does double duty. The actress chatted EXCLUSIVELY with HL about her first experience playing twins.
Vanished: Searching for My Sister, starring Tatyana Ali as twins Jada and Kayla, comes on Lifetime on January 22. When Kayla goes missing, Jada decides to take matters into her own hands and seek her sister. Tatyana, who is portraying two parts, chatted with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY.
«The thought of portraying twins, playing these two personas, blew me away,» she remarked. «I’ve seen that done in movies before, and I know it’s a difficult process, so I thought it was exciting, especially for a character like Kayla, the lost twin.» It’s not often that I get to play characters like her, so it was a tremendous treat for me.
The second aspect was that when Black women go missing when these atrocities happen, there aren’t nearly enough resources devoted to discovering them or obtaining justice for them. I admire Jada, her sister, for refusing to give up on her and for refusing to let anyone else give up on her. «I enjoyed the story’s progress.»
Tatyana stated that performing two characters was «taxing.» «I felt like I completed a lot of the job that I usually do twice,» she continued. «The same character development and all that, but with double the budget, and the time I had to produce the picture felt incredibly short to me.»
But it was fascinating to play two sisters who were alone and had to figure out how their relationship differed. I’m grateful to God for hair, makeup, and costumes, especially the hair and makeup trailer, which served as a safe haven for me as I shifted between them.»
Kayla and Jada are polar opposites. Because the Lifetime alum looks more like Jada in real life than Kayla, the persona was «easy to portray.» «I believe I had more fun figuring out Kayla, how she moves, why she does the things she does and trying to construct her in a way that wasn’t at all caricaturing,» Tatyana told HollywoodLife. «She has a lot of problems, and she’s had to battle with addiction.» She’s been through it all before. I wanted everyone to care about her as much as I did.»
Jada’s search for the truth regarding Kayla’s disappearance is intriguing in Vanished: Searching for My Sister. Tatyana stated that the movie’s conclusion «shocked» her.
She also mentioned that the picture has a constant «tension» that’s «like a twin thing.» We never say it out loud, which I appreciate. She is well aware that her sister is in distress. She is aware of it because she senses the presence of her sister.»