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Apollonia's First Ride in Prince's Purple Limousine

Season 5 Episode 507
Aired on 04/25/2015 | CC tv-14
In the early '80s, former professional cheerleader and beauty queen Patricia Apollonia Kotero—better known as Apollonia—auditioned to play Prince's love interest in the cult classic Purple Rain.

After her first reading, Apollonia landed a callback and was flown to Minnesota to meet Prince in person. "He picks me up, and we go for a long drive in his purple limo," she says. "We had a date that evening, and we danced up a storm, had a great time."

Despite playing a couple on screen, Apollonia says she was never Prince's girlfriend in real life. "We were, and still are, platonically, romantically involved. There's a lot of romance," she says. "He was not my boyfriend, but he's my greatest friend."

Watch as Apollonia shares more about Prince and introduces her latest passion project.

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