Exclusive: ‘RHOD’ Star D’Andra Simmons Dishes on Upcoming Movie, ‘My Brother’s Crossing’
On top of shooting for The Real Housewives of Dallas Season 5 and running two businesses, D’Andra Simmons found time to produce the faith-based film, My Brother’s Crossing. In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, the housewife dished on the upcoming movie, calling it “the perfect film for the perfect time in our country.”
D’Andra Simmons on ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas’
In 2017, businesswoman D’Andra Simmons joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Dallas Season 2. Married to photojournalist Jeremy Lock, much of her storyline revolved around her personal and working relationship with her mother.
Mama Dee founded natural and wellness company Ultimate Living in 1996, and Simmons began working with her mom full-time in 2004. The housewife also launched her own subsidiary business, natural skincare line Hard Night Good Morning.
The matriarch later promised she would let her daughter run the main business but had a hard time letting go of the keys. She finally signed the company over to Simmons by the end of season three.
The housewife and businesswoman soon realized the business wasn’t doing well financially and facing bankruptcy, so she asked Mama Dee for help, who initially hesitated.
However, Simmons exclusively told Showbiz Cheat Sheet that the two came to blows off-camera, and the housewife explained terrible business decisions were made before she took the reins.
Therefore, Mama Dee agreed to help, and the companies are currently thriving. Throughout her time on the show, Simmons has had a couple of fallouts with other housewives, including longtime friend LeeAnne Locken and Kameron Westcott.
D’Andra Simmons co-produced new movie, ‘My Brother’s Crossing’
Simmons has begun dabbling in the film industry on top of starring in The Real Housewives of Dallas and operating two businesses. She and her husband served as co-producers for the upcoming faith-based movie, My Brother’s Crossing.
Based on JT and Terri Lee Clark’s book, “In the Blink of An Eye: Forgiveness in Black and White,” the movie follows the true story of a Virginia-based tragic car accident in which a father accidentally struck a couple on a motorcycle, killing them, and the outpouring of forgiveness from their family for the driver.
The film was intended to hit theaters in April 2020 but didn’t due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a phone interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Simmons noted she believes the release date’s delay was a blessing in disguise.
D’Andra Simmons dishes on ‘My Brother’s Crossing’
According to the businesswoman, the film’s executive producer, Tony White, reached out to the couple about producing the movie due to Simmons’ background in Christian television and Lock’s work covering the controversial Amber Guyger trial.
The case involving a police officer killing an unarmed man after entering the wrong apartment garnered national attention due to the racial tensions and family’s forgiveness for the cop, similar to the Virginia-based car accident.
Due to the current state of civil unrest, Simmons thinks it’s “perfect timing” the movie’s release date was delayed as the film revolves around forgiveness, “learning to get along,” and moving forward. She also believes it’s “the perfect film for the perfect time in our country.”
My Brother’s Crossing hits theaters on Sept. 3, 2020. Follow Tamara Grant on Twitter.