PASADENA, Calif. — Niecy Nash used to live the part she now plays on her new sitcom "Soul Man."
On the series (debuting 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land), she is a minister's wife who's adjusting to her husband's career switch from a recording star to a pastor. Cedric the Entertainer, who is a producer and writer on the show, is the singer-turned-man of God.
For 13 years, Nash was married to an ordain minister, and they had three children together. They filed for divorce five years ago. She has remarried and even starred in a reality show about her engagement to husband No. 2.
What was it like being married to a minister?
"Well," she says, searching for the proper words, "there's a lot of judgment that comes with it.
"You've got to remember. I was married to a minister when I was (co-starring) on 'Reno 911!'
"So it was rough."
Nash recognizes many in the congregation looked to her former husband to set certain standards.
"So many people needed him," she says.
And she says she draws upon that for her "Soul Man" role as LolliBallentine, an outspoken salon stylist who balances her sassy side while standing by her minister/husband.
"My ex-husband was a (rhythm and blues) singer who came home one day and said, 'I got the call (to be a minister).' And I said, 'who called? Edison? The gas company? Your mama? My mama? I didn't see (being a minister's wife) coming."
But being married to a minister had its hardships.
"When you're experiencing something so hard at the time, it's hard to imagine you might find it funny later.
"I was able to do that. I can look back at the experience. On the other side of the hurt, yes, I can find it to be funny."
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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