Kim Coles’ OWN Comeback

The game-show host defends her new network and shares what Oprah had to say about her natural do.

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(The Root) — Is it normal for married women to be disappointed in their wedding ring? Is it normal to allow your grown children over the age of 18 to sleep with their girlfriend or boyfriend in your home?

Some Americans may be reticent about revealing their private antics, but not the contestants on OWN’s game show Are You Normal, America? The prime-time series poses bizarre questions to in-studio contestants, people on the street and a “jury” of real Americans to find out who’s normal and who’s not.

Who better than comedic queen Kim Coles to co-host the show? “To be part of Oprah’s brand is a good place to be,” Coles told The Root.

The seasoned actress is best known for her hilarious role as Synclaire James on the 1990s hit sitcom Living Single. After auditioning for her chance to make history with Oprah Winfrey on her network, Coles won the producers over and landed her spot on the show.

The 50-year-old caught up with The Root to talk about what it’s like to work for Winfrey, whether she’d ever change her natural hair for a gig and OWN’s critics.

The Root: What is it like working with and being around Oprah Winfrey?

Kim Coles: She was on the set a couple of times; you can absolutely feel her energy. You can feel her benevolence — it’s clear — and you can absolutely feel her power. She told me that I was doing a good job and she was pleased with what was going on with the show. I can tell the show has turned out the way she has envisioned it to be.

TR: How did you end up working with Oprah and OWN?

KC: The show idea came about because it was a segment on one of Oprah’s shows, and she liked it so much that she decided to have it developed into a full-blown game show. I got the part because I auditioned for it … I’d like to say that once they saw me, they were like, “Boom, we got our girl.” I earned this one the good old-fashioned way.

TR: If this show or any future movies or shows required you to perm your hair, would you do it?