Queen Latifah talks LeBron James, Lena Horne

Mon, May 10

Queen Latifah this week stars in a modern-day Cinderella tale titled "Just Wright" with actor/rapper Common. The movie, which opens Friday, is about a physical therapist who falls in love with a basketball player while helping him recover from a career-threatening injury.

"This is Cinderella with a twist," Latifah said. "It was greenlit twice and we got the rights back and we're ready to debut it. We knew we had something special on our hands. It's not something you see every day."

Latifah and Common toured ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., on Monday, so Page 2 had a few minutes to chat with the beautiful 40-year-old Dana Owens.

You played basketball as a kid. Think you could have made it in the WNBA?

"I played through my freshman year of college. I was never good enough to play at that high level. Yeah, I played against Cheryl Miller on my TV show. But that was TV."

Want LeBron James to come to the Big Apple?

"I'm a New Jersey girl. I want him to play for Jay-Z's team. We need to make a comeback. We have two years before they head to Brooklyn."

One of your friends, Chad Ochocinco, is in "Dancing with the Stars". Want to do that?

"That could be fun. I like dancing. But I can't do it right now. I've got a lot of things I want to focus on."

What did you think about the passing of Lena Horne?

"She was an icon. I always remembered her as Glinda the Good Witch in the 'Wiz'. She always had this amazing beauty, talent and warmth. Maybe it was her accent?"

When did you first become at peace with yourself?

"I'm a generally happy person. Sometimes people try to steal my joy. But, overall, I'm just a peaceful person. I'm just always busy. There aren't enough hours in the day."

You've made movies and music. How about writing an autobiography?

"No. I'm not doing that."