Ja Rule has opened up about how his time in prison changed him and why he thinks his future holds more acting projects.
The rapper appears in film I'm In Love With A Church Girl as a drug dealer who struggles to change his ways after falling in love with a religious woman, which is based on the life of the film's producer, Galley Molina.
Ja Rule recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession and said: "This role was very different for me. I've done a lot of films that all have been pretty edgy. I played thug characters, but with this character, even though I play a thug somewhat, he's really a guy going through a transition."
He spent his time in prison reading books and taking exams, and said: "It's really minimum - all of the fame, the movies and the music. When you're behind that wall, all that becomes very minimum. I was more focused on getting my mind right, getting my body right, more thinking about my family. Those are the things you cherish.
Having released Pain Is Love 2 independently while he was in prison, Ja Rule said: "I love music, it's my passion. This is my second wind right now, and I'm happy to be home, but I think as I'm getting older, my passion is leaning toward doing more television and film. Music is my heart, but I see television and more movies in the next stage of my life."
Galley Molina said of casting him for I'm In Love With A Church Girl: " People used to ask, 'Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, 'Well, so am I'.
"I know his heart. I know what type of dude he is and he was probably one of the most professional guys on the set."