08/07/2014 02:52 pm ET Updated Aug 13, 2014

Tyra Banks Opens Up On Yaya DaCosta's Lead Role In Whitney Houston Biopic (VIDEO)

As production for Lifetime’s forthcoming Whitney Houston biopic “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” continues, the film’s lead star Yaya DaCosta has received support from Houston fans.

Most recently, the 31-year-old actress, who made her small-screen debut on "America's Next Top Model" Cycle three, received public encouragement from her former mentor Tyra Banks.

Earlier this week during an episode of “Watch What Happens Live!”, the multi-faceted media mogul professed her excitement over DaCosta’s latest role.

“She is killing it! She has been in academy-nominated movies, she has been in scenes with Oprah in ‘The Butler,’ and now she was chosen to play Whitney Houston in a biopic. So this is insane and huge for me,” Banks said to host Andy Cohen. “Yaya, I am super proud of you. You won the acting challenge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ back in the day so we knew that there was something special.”

Check out more of Tyra Banks’ “Watch What Happens Live” segment in the clip above.



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