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Jealous ones have a lot to envy as Fat Joe sits down to talk with the lovely Beyoncé and funnyman Mike Epps about their new film "The Fighting Temptations." The hip-hop star might be new to the interviewing game, but he's always coming through.

Fat Joe: I'm a big fan. Huge, super fan.

Beyoncé Knowles: Thank you. I'm a fan.

Fat Joe: Was it weird doing a church movie? Or a gospel movie?

Knowles: Actually, it wasn't very weird. I think gospel has influenced all different types of music in general, so it was really a blessing for me to work with people that, I think, inspired R&B so much, Yolanda Adams and everybody else.

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Fat Joe: Incredible, right? Incredible singers.

Knowles: Exactly.

Fat Joe: You grew up in the church?

Knowles: I did. I grew up in the church. I sang in the choir for two years — not that long because I was on the road since I was nine — but this was kind of like going back home, you know? Every time we did a scene with the choir, it was so powerful. It didn't feel like we were working. We had jam sessions.

Fat Joe: So you were just in it. ... And can you remember you being in church, like you just went back to being little Beyoncé?

Knowles: I went back, definitely. And the whole concept of the movie is ... coming back home and realizing who you really are.

Fat Joe: Who's fighting the temptation?

Knowles: Darrin is fighting the temptation. Darrin, who is Cuba's character, is a very materialistic person and Lily is very outspoken. She, basically, is really smart and can see through all of the b.s.

Fat Joe: Was there any love scenes in there and all that?

Knowles: I did have a kissing scene, which is always uncomfortable. It's always awkward.

Fat Joe: It was like yucky?

Knowles: Well, no disrespect to Cuba ...

Fat Joe: Is Cuba Gooding your type of guy?

Knowles: [laughs]

Fat Joe: Not necessarily, right?

Knowles: Well, when we we're doing the scene, it's always strange because you'll have like 15 or 16 people telling you, "OK, this is your lighting. Make sure you go to the right first," you know? You have to know how long your kiss is.

Fat Joe: Continuity, continuity.

Knowles: Exactly. So I was nervous and he could see it, so in rehearsal he just kind of went for it so when it was time for us to do it, I wouldn't be nervous.

Fat Joe: Y'all just broke the ice. Were you nervous working with him? He's a big actor, a big-time actor.

Knowles: He definitely is. ... I respect him; he's very talented. He's one of the things that attracted me to the movie. I was a little nervous. After I met him, he made me feel really comfortable and he treated me like I have done movies before.

Fat Joe: 'Cause he knew who you was. He knows that you put it down.

Knowles: Well, thank you.


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