"We were all supposed to leave and go back home, but I didn't want to leave because the very next day was a Sunday, so I would've got into LA on Sunday. And I can't return clothes on a Sunday. So I figured since we've been working the whole time, I might as well stay there and get some beach time in on Sunday and then return home on Monday."
I remember I was in a hotel room in Washington D.C. when I heard that Aaliyah died and it was the first time a young celebrity that I loved passed away. (It had been a requirement that I saw Romeo Must Die in theaters.) Even though 13 years have passed, I can only imagine what Lee has gone through. And of course, the Lifetime movie is not without controversy, which I'm sure doesn't make things easier for all the people who actually knew and cared for Aaliyah.
Lifetime has never been afraid to be a bit shameless, but they've really gone for it this past year with biopics of celebrities who have died. It started with Brittany Murphy, now it's Aaliyah, and next will be Whitney Houston. Even though fans of the singer are skeptical (upon watching, it seemed to just be a very watered-down version of something resembling Aaliyah's life), Lee is featured in the movie, as he tweeted about back in August.
He will be portrayed by Dewshane Williams (best known for Syfy's Defiance). In the film, Aaliyah wants to change her image for the release of her second album, One in a Million, and she says, "I want to find a stylist that is creative enough to come up with a look that captures a moment, you know — that captures me." And that's when Lee enters the scene. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B credits him with giving her the sexy, tight-fitting clothes she wore after her initial success.
But Aaliyah is the star he is most associated with for obvious reasons. And for fans of the talented singer, he even posts old photos and memories of her.
In the BBC Radio story, Lee said, "I just miss everything about her. She was like having a little sister." Let's hope he at least feels the film does her justice.