Fox's Star Is Rising Like Crazy

Posted: April 02, 1997

NEW YORK — ARSENIO. Channel 6, 9:30 tonight.

It has been a whirlwind year for Vivica A. Fox from last summer's blockbuster film, ``Independence Day,'' followed by ``Set It Off'' and ``Booty Call,'' to upcoming parts in ``Soul Food,'' with Vanessa Williams, and the dangerously seductive Ms. B. Haven opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in ``Batman and Robin.''

``Did I hit the lottery or what?'' says Fox. ``What a difference a year makes. What a difference a hit movie makes. I'm staying very humbled about this and I just feel blessed. I have much respect for the work and the quality of the work that I'm getting right now. I'm just trying to do the right thing so that I keep good projects.''

Fox is now firmly planting her feet in her new ABC Wednesday-night sitcom, ``Arsenio,'' as sports attorney Vivian Deveaux Atwood. Fox stars opposite Arsenio Hall, who plays her sportscaster husband, Michael Atwood.

``We had the meeting on my birthday and he asked me to join his family,'' Fox said. ``They built my character around my personality, which was so much of a compliment. They just said, `We like the way you are, and we're going to make her very similar to you. Kind of sassy and fun and outgoing but conservative.'

``I think Vivian is the kind of wife that most guys would like to have because she's independent, got her own career and she's fun. I think she and Michael are best friends. That's what Arsenio said, that it's like he married his best friend.''

The series, which marks the return of the former talk-show host to television, ``had a lot of hype going around it with Arsenio coming back,'' Fox says. ``We took the challenge and faced it head-on and we did good.''

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