Southern belle, Taranasha Wallace, moved to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She holds a degree in Dramatic Art from Jackson State University and a MFA in acting from NY's Actors Studio Drama School. During school and after graduating, Tara pounded the NYC pavement and was heavily involved in musical and off-Broadway theater, appearing in various productions.
Tara was the long-time girlfriend of rapper, Peter Gunz. They were together over 13 years and lived with their 2 children, Jamison (5) and Kaz (2). Tara is truly the epitome of brains and beauty. Much of the heat this season is generated by a crazy love triangle involving Peter and Tara, as he started a new relationship with his client, beautiful songstress Amina Buddafly. In this exclusive interview, Tara talks about forgiveness, revisiting the past with Peter, holding Amina accountable, and her next move read the full interview below and don’t forget that “Love & Hip Hop” airs Mondays at 8:00 pm ET/PT on VH1.
Examiner: How are you and the kids?
Tara Wallace: “We are all well, everything is good right now…no complaints.”
Examiner: How has this season been for you so far?
Tara Wallace: “I have to keep in mind why I initially signed up to do the show and continue to look beyond whatever is happening and look forward to the end result. In the beginning there was a lot of love there, and it bothers me when people call me a victim…I’m not a victim, I’m just a woman that something unfortunate happened to.”
Examiner: Looking back, do you regret joining the cast?
Tara Wallace: “No, for me I believe that everything happens for a reason…I feel like when something is not right and is happening for a long time, it has to come to a head. I’ve been dealing with a person who has been keeping a secret from me, and it allowed me to see what I needed to see to move on.”
Examiner: Was Peter’s infidelity the reason why you decided to join the cast?
Tara Wallace: “No, not at all…I asked Peter before we did the show were there going to be any surprises, and he informed me that there would be none.”
Examiner: As this season continues what do you think will surprise the viewers the most?
Tara Wallace: “I think people are going to be surprised by the end result of what happens.”
Examiner: Looking back, do you think it was the best decision to sleep with Peter again?
Tara Wallace: “I think that it is so crazy…what’s real about being with someone for thirteen years is that you love them…on the show viewers didn’t get to see that, all they saw was us fighting and arguing all the time. Is it right that I revisited that? Probably not, but I am human being…That moment wasn’t about him, it was about me…I have the right to handle any situation the way that I want. It’s also important to remember that after that moment, I didn’t attempt to pursue a reconciliation between us.”
Examiner: What have you learned about yourself from this experience?
Tara Wallace: “I have learned that what I thought I lost is still there, the part of myself that always gave everything is still there…this needed to happen because I needed to be in a certain place.”
Examiner: Have you forgiven Peter and if not, do you think you can one day?
Tara Wallace: “Forgiveness is a process and it’s going to take some time for me to do that. I haven’t forgiven yet, because the level of hurt and anger was still very much apart of me, and now I’m in the phase of letting it go."
Examiner: When you watch the show now and see Peter and Amina how does it make you feel seeing how he interacted with her?
Tara Wallace: “Everything that I now see is the complete opposite of what he said, and it has been very difficult to see. I am literally watching a relationship take place before my eyes with the man that I have loved for many years…it’s hurtful.”
Examiner: Amina has stated that she was unaware of Peter’s relationship with you, are you buying that excuse?
Tara Wallace: “There are some things that work at 21, and there are some things that just shouldn’t work at 30…I believe that at that age you shouldn’t overlook vital signs, and when you’re pursuing something serious there are some important questions that I think you would have to ask. I would be able to accept it more if she knew and didn’t care about my feelings; as opposed to her sticking with the story of not knowing anything…I would respect more ownership than I do denial.”
Examiner: How would you describe the rest of this season?
Tara Wallace: “Let’s just hope it’s going to be unpredictable!”
Examiner: Do you think there would ever come a time where you and Amina can be at peace?
Tara Wallace: “She is not the problem, she just happened to be the girl who got the attention of the person I loved, and no woman would like that. I realized that it was Peter’s decision to marry her and we as women have to hold the white flag and make peace, because it was his lies and betrayal that has everyone in this situation…my issue isn’t with her, it’s with him…my only issue is the denial and I don’t think she should get away scotch free because she didn’t ask the right questions.”
Examiner: Lastly, what can viewers expect from you in the future outside of the show?
Tara Wallace: “Outside of the show, I am getting my focus back to do what I wanted to do, and that is to act, so I’ve been auditioning. The great thing about reality television is that it is a different market to put yourself out there, and I’m able to do a variety of different things.”
“Love & Hip Hop” airs Mondays at 8:00 pm ET/PT on VH1.