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Red Carpet Confidential: Vanessa Williams Sought Counseling For ‘666 Park Avenue’ Role

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Sep. 28 2012, Published 9:53 a.m. ET

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Playing the wife of the devil on 666 Park Avenue gave Vanessa Williams reason to pause.

“I talked to one of my friends who is a spiritual adviser, and asked her about any special protection that I should have to make sure that we weren’t delving into something that might be harmful or too dark,” she tells me this week during the supernatural thriller’s premiere held at Crosby Street Hotel in NYC.

“She guaranteed me that everything would be fine, and I did a little meditation just to clear things up.”

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One thing that pleased 49-year-old actress is the transition from lighter fare like Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.

“I thought it was intriguing,” she says. “I like the fact that it’s different from what I’ve been doing in the past six years, and I’m always willing to stretch myself.  I’m up for a new challenge.”

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While Kim Kardashian joined her onscreen in the Tyler Perry film The Marriage Counselor, don’t expect to see the reality star stopping by the set of 666 to put in a guest-starring appearance. Vanessa has others on her shortlist.

“I would love to see Judith Light, who I worked with for four years on Ugly Betty on the show,” Vanessa says. “She’s phenomenal. She just won a Tony, she’s fantastic, and I think she is the perfect Upper East Side lady that would certainly have an apartment in the Drake.”

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She adds, “Certainly any of my Betty cast or Desperate Housewives cast would be fine, and I think it would be pretty intriguing, too.”

Catch Vanessa on 666 Park Avenue., which premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. And check out her skincare line, Revitalistic, which is available now.

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