For years people have probably asked and wondered, whatever happened to Kyla Pratt? She’s right here and apparently she’s all grown up!
Most of us remember Kyla from Disney’s first animated series, “The Proud Family,” where she was best recognized as the voice of ‘Penny Proud,’ and as Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN’s hit series “One on One.”
After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy’s character in the films Dr Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, she returned to her motherly duties.
In 2010, Kyla gave birth to a baby girl, Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick; and in 2013, she gave birth to her other daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick.
Although Kyla continued to act on small projects to keep herself busy, her devotion to her girls and the importance of bonding with her family was a priority.
Kyla joined the cast of BET’s “Lets Stay Together” (in 2014) during its second season; and in February 2014 was voted #97 on VHI’s 100 Greatest Child Stars.
One of the most arduous things to execute is to change the minds of the fans by convincing them that you are no longer a ‘kid’ anymore. The transition from kid star to leading actress can be challenging at times, but that wasn’t the case for her.
Kyla understands the power of reinvention. Thus, when she wasn’t in front of the camera, she was busy molding herself into an ingenue right before our eyes. Kyla has been heavily involved in private coaching and attending acting classes to perfect her acting skills. Concurrently, taking advanced yoga and pilates classes to mold her incredible body.
Well, we guess hard work pays off!
As of late, she starred in the Tate Bros Film, Back To The Goode Life, which aired a couple of weeks ago on BET opposite London Brown. She played ‘Francesca Goode’ – a successful, New York banker who goes from being a `Boss Lady’ to a`Broke Chick’ – the FBI freezed all her assets after she’s wrongfully blamed for unethical banking. Directed by Tamika Miller.
That’s not all she has been brewing…
Recently, Kyla Pratt has signed onto the Fox comedy pilot, “Patty’s Auto.”
The inspiration is taken from Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic – an automobile repair shop ran by all female mechanics. The project is based around ‘Patty’ (Carra Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her. Kyla will be playing the role of ‘Tiny,’ Patty’s younger sister with a different father who gives manicures inside the shop, often getting frustrated with her sibling for treating her like a kid (even when she acts like one herself ). This show promises to be comical, endearing and whispered to be one of her best performances.
So while we are at home mulling over on whatever happened to Ms. Pratt?! She’s too busy working.
Talent: Kyla Pratt.