OnlyOnAOL: Lala Anthony talks 'CHI-RAQ,' acting, Kim Kardashian

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Lala Anthony has more ventures than a capitalist.

She's in Spike Lee's "CHI-RAQ," an updated take on the play "Lysistrata," in which women withhold sex until men agree to end gang violence. Anthony had known Lee for years, given that he's a legendary Knicks fan and she's married to power forward Carmelo Anthony, but she got the part only because she could hack it. Lee is a tough taskmaster who expects his cast to know their stuff. The result, says Anthony, speaks for itself, especially given the current shooting epidemic.

"It's such a current story. It's happening every day. This movie will start a discussion," she says.

And then, there's her TV work. On "Unforgettable," the series that has moved from CBS to A&E, she plays the new medical examiner working alongside investigator Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery). She got it the old-fashioned way: by auditioning. "This is an opportunity to stretch a little bit. I have learned every medical term you can imagine. It's nice to play someone totally different than you are. It forces you to grow," says Anthony.

Those looking for more reality TV from her are out of luck: "I had a fun time doing it but I knew when it was time to hang it up. I'm totally done with it," she says of her VH1 series.

She still takes acting class. And she's busy behind the scenes, turning her tome "The Love Playbook," into a feature film with Queen Latifah.

Plus, she's BFFs with Kim Kardashian, and was present at the new mom's legendary Italian wedding. All those glossy photos aside, swears Anthony, Kardashian is just like you and me.

"She's cool, down-to-earth, chill, normal. Totally normal. Yes!" she says.

Any plans to work together? Maybe after Kardashian's newborn son is a bit older. "I have to let her do that little thing first. Then we'll figure something out."

Here's a look at her hubby.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 12, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 4: Carmelo Anthony #15 smiles during the Syracuse Orangemen practice for their Final Four game of the NCAA Tournament on April 4, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 7: Carmelo Anthony #15 of Syracuse celebrates with Hakim Warrick #1 and other teammates after he and his team defeated Kansas 81-78 during the championship game of the NCAA Men's Final Four Tournament on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Anthony was named the tournaments most outstanding player. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: (R-L) LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony gets some laughs prior to the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse gets selected #3 overall in the first round by the Denver Nuggets shakes hands with NBA Commissioner David Stern during the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER CO., JUNE 27, 2003 - Denver Nuggets General Manager KiKi Vandeweghe , left, hands the Nuggets uniform to Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse University with Denver Nuggets first pick (third overall) in NBA Draft 2003 at Pepsi Center on Friday afternoon. (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY HYOUNG CHANG) (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Carmelo Anthony, winner of Best Male College Athlete (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for ESPN)
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