Tatyana Ali returns to TV tonight for the first time since her days as Ashley Banks on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' After an interim spent putting out a gold-selling album in the late '90s, earning a bachelor's degree at Harvard in the early 2000s and lending a hand to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Ali sounds happy to be knee-deep in a new show.

'Love That Girl' is a big deal for the 31-year-old actress, marking her first sitcom since 'Fresh Prince' and network TV One's first original scripted program. With executive producers Martin Lawrence, Grammy-winner Raphael Saadiq, 'Full House' creator Jeff Franklin and 'Jamie Foxx' show-runner Bentley Kyle Evans, Ali's ensemble comedy has odds stacked in its favor.

Ali spoke with PopEater about life since 'Fresh Prince,' stepping back onto a TV set, the pressure of being the girl on 'Love That Girl' and how much she loves former co-star Will Smith's daughter Willow and her jam 'Whip My Hair.'