Patti LaBelle says her new acting gigs are a result of people who “believe in me”

ABC/Eric McCandlessAhead of her return to the TV show Greenleaf tonight, Patti LaBelle is dishing on her thriving acting career, which has been booming of late. In addition to appearing as Christian motivational speaker Maxine Patterson on the OWN megachurch drama, LaBelle also has a recurring role on Fox's Star, where she plays Christine Brown, a tough but loving mother. The singer tells ABC that it's been a blessing to have such opportunities presented to her. "I am called to do these things by people who believe in me, like Lee Daniels for Star," says LaBelle. "I'm Queen Latifah and Brandi's mother. And that's a gangster role. I'm, like, this gangster character. She's too cute. [She] carries guns and all that stuff and will shoot you in a heartbeat." Patti shares that she has another acting project in the works, too. "I did something for Netflix that hasn't air yet," she reports. "It's with Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas." According to LaBelle, she's been taking advantage of almost everything coming her way, acting-wise. "I've been asked to do things and I've been not turning most things down," she notes.  Greenleaf, guest starring LaBelle and Iyanla Vanzant, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.