So I was in El Pollo Loco a couple of weeks ago getting a salad and this black girl had walked in ahead of me wearing what I have dubbed one of the standard LA outfits: Knit hat, cute top, jeans and those suede boots with the fur around the top that it never gets quite cold enough to justify wearing in LA. I didn't really think too much of it, save to wonder what is up with chicks and those boots. They just look really hot to me. Anyway, as we stood in line I realized that the girl looked really familiar. Or at least her profile did. (She was kind of standing at an angle.) I suddenly realized that it was Jill Marie Jones aka Toni Childs from Girlfriends. Of course I immediately whipped out my cell phone to text and IM Toya. I was too excited.
Toni Childs was my favourite character on Girlfriends. I would be as superficial as she was if it weren't for the grace of God. I seriously would not think of anyone but myself if I didn't have to. It's just something I struggle with. Anyway, you can imagine how bummed I was when I found out that Jill Marie Jones wouldn't be returning to Girlfriends this season. I read somewhere that Tracee Ellis Ross said, "It wasn't the Toni Childs Show". Although this was true, in my opinion the Toni storyline was the most compelling. While Joan's neurosis was cute from time to time, it began to wear thin after a while. And I liked those other two girls but I honestly can't remember anything in particular that they did. Oh wait, the one girl wrote that book Oh Hell Naw but that's about it. But frankly, without the Toni Childs character I really don't know how long the show can last. I personally haven't watched it this season.
Anyway, Jill Marie Jones is just as pretty in person as she is on the show. Even with no make-up and her hair all shoved up in her cap she's gorgeous. I normally pride myself in not being starstruck but I had to say something. So while she was getting her pico de gallo I asked if she was Jill Marie Jones. She said yes at which point I preceeded to gush and tell her how I thought she was a great actress and that I was really bummed when she left Girlfriends. She was very gracious and thanked me for being a fan.
I will say this, she's shorter in person than she looks on television. I read somewhere that she's 5'8". RIiiiiiiiight. If she's 5'8" then I'm 6 ft. She's a average height at best. And while I stood behind her I got to thinking, "the guy who played her husband must have been a medical midget. He was at least 4 good inches shorter than her." Yeah, I know I need help.