She stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing. I was singing about being attracted to the opposite sex, but I had no experience behind it. A premature effort at best, that seems based on the philosophy 'If Aaliyah can do it, why can't I? Gary Gray film Set It Off. Appearing alongside William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph , she played the title role of Moesha Mitchell , a Los Angeles girl coping with a stepmother as well as the pressures and demands of becoming an adult.