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William Levy and Zulay Henao in Miami: Set was laid back on ‘Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club’


William Levy says it’s OK to cry.

The telenovela actor, who showed us fancy moves on Dancing with the Stars, has crossed over to the big screen in Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club.

“It’s a beautiful movie. Nice, heartwarming and fun too,” explains Levy from the Mandarin Oriental Miami Hotel about the romantic dramedy, about five women who bond over raising their kids alone and trying to find love in the process.

Sure, cry because you may be touched by many of the relationships. Or shed a tear when you gaze upon Levy’s incredibly sculpted, bronzed body, which appears in one of the first scenes, clothed only in boxers.

But back to the plot.

Levy, speaking mostly English and showing some comedic chops, plays Manny, a bartender at a Mexican restaurant whose girlfriend Esperanza ( Zulay Henao, Takers) is hiding their romance because she fears it will affect her young daughter as well hinder divorce proceedings.

“We had a similar background and similar upbringing,” says Levy, 33. “We were both raised by single mothers. So we had really good chemistry on that level.”

SMC isn’t just a chick flick. It has a universal theme to which most people can relate.

“There’s a strong message but it’s light and entertaining,” says Henao, who is from Colombia. “That’s why we go to the movies: to keep ourselves entertained but also to maybe change our perception of certain topics. In this case, single motherhood.”

So go on; take your boyfriends or husbands.

“There are really nice moments, I think, being a father myself,” says Cuban-born Levy, who has two kids with telenovela actress and fellow Miami resident Elizabeth Gutierrez. “Guys may see situations they can relate to or understand better. Everything’s out there.”

“Yes! Bring your men!” adds Henao, 34. “Maybe he’ll get a hint that you need some help around the house or with the kids!”

Working with Tyler Perry, who also costars as a love interest to one of the ladies ( Nia Long), was effortless.

“Tyler did a great job,” says Levy, of the writer-producer-director of all the Madea movies as well as Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married and Good Deeds. “We’re a team working together enjoying what we’re doing. When everyone’s relaxed there’s no pressure.”

Henao agrees: “Tyler is very talented, very humble, spiritual, funny and alive. Plus the dynamic of him being an actor in the film also gave us freedom to explore. He’s a great person to be around on- or off-set.”

Levy isn’t done with Hollywood. Next, catch him playing a bad guy in sci-fi flick, The Veil.

The house Gianni built

The Kardashians have taken over the Versace Mansion! Well, for a little while. The ladies are in town to scout spaces for their DASH boutique and that’s where the reality sisters are laying their heads. Kim was spotted by paparazzi running into the infamous home on Ocean Drive and got so rattled, she dropped her cellphone. The horror! Khloe tweeted out pictures from the lavish crib, with the caption: “Versace Versace Versace!”

Damage control

Juan Pablo Galavis doesn’t just “like” his pick Nikki Ferrell. The most maligned Bachelor in ABC history wants the world to know that he really does love the pediatric nurse’s assistant. JP tweeted a link to a video of the song Adventures in Loving You, sung by Galavis’ pal, Puerto Rican singer Obie Bermudez. See the fairly cheesy montage of footage of the couple from the ABC show dedicated to his “Catira,” slang for “blonde,” on You Tube, but keep the Pepto Bismol close.

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