Nicki Minaj has been working to shed the bubblegum-pop persona she created on her first two "Pink" outings ("I'm choosing to get back to my essence and feed the core hip-hop fan," she said when discussing her forthcoming album in May). Now Minaj has revealed she may eventually distance herself from music altogether.
Minaj graces the cover of the newest Marie Claire issue, and in the magazine she admits she may one day like to focus her career on becoming a full-time actress. That final decision could hinge on the success of her first live-action feature, "The Other Woman," which opens in April 2014.
Until then, Minaj will be putting the finishing touches on her third album -- which could be one of her last.
"I at least want to do three more albums. If I can do that, I'll feel complete," she says. "One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know."
But the singer is well aware that her first role will contribute to the potential to refocus her career some day. Joining a cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton, Minaj recognizes the pressure that's on her to impress.
"I would be lying if I said I was not nervous," she told the magazine. "I can't blow this."