Manning is dressed in white Miss Sixty jeans, a Born Uniqorn fleece hoodie and white vintage Tecnica nylon booties bought off eBay. She had better look cool. Now that the Paramount/MTV-funded “Hustle and Flow” marketing machine has kicked into gear, Manning is ready to put herself on the line again. “I’m looking for a Born Uniqorn backer, and a new record deal for my second album,” she says (the single “Don’t Be So Shy” is already on the soundtrack of her next film, “A Lot Like Love” co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet). And, like any good actress-singer, she’s developing a reality special about how she made it big.
“I’m going to be pitching MTV. Look what it did for Ashlee Simpson. I want to get in on that game.”