Regina Hall On Contemplating Switching Careers To Become A Nun, If Sanaa Lathan Really Bit Beyonce & Navigating Hollywood
Regina Hall is one of the most beloved and consistent actresses in Hollywood, who is fortunate enough to always be working in an industry that is well-known for its less than stellar treatment of black actresses. In a new interview, Hall opens up about what’s it’s like being a black actress in Hollywood, the ups and downs she’s faced and more.
In the last two years, actress Regina Hall has been killing it on the big and small screen, starring in box-office hits (2017’s Girls Trip,) critically-acclaimed indie films (2018’s Support The Girls and The Hate U Give) and edgy television shows (2019’s new Showtime series Black Monday.) However, in a new interview, she admits that while she continues to have great success in Hollywood, it hasn’t been without its challenges—which still persist today.
When asked how she feels to be getting more mainstream attention currently despite being in the business for 20 years, Hall said:
“Girls Trip” made a lot of money, which matters, and then the critics were so responsive to “Support the Girls.” It’s weird. I’ve always had steady work, but I guess there are lists in Hollywood. I was on the top of one before; now I’m on the bottom of a more difficult one.”
She explained the kinship she feels with other members of Black Hollywood and black audiences in comparison to mainstream Hollywood as a whole, stating:
“We have a support system. I was once with my business manager, I don’t remember where, and somebody was looking at me. I said, “They probably recognize me.” My manager goes, “Why would you say that?” “They’re black.” “What does that mean?” Black audiences are what I’ve considered my base, and I will always make movies for that base.”
To the surprise of many, Hall revealed that she seriously considered becoming a nun:
“That was eight years ago. And I wanted to be a nun when I was a little girl too. I never thought about walking away from anything. I thought of walking to something. Think of Mother Teresa. I’m not like, “Oh, Mother Teresa never got to have sex.” When I was thinking about becoming a nun, I had gone through a breakup. I wasn’t having sex anyway. I thought being a nun would be peaceful.”
“Let me tell you something: I could tap your leg with my foot and Tiffany would retell it as me kicking you. She’s a comedian. She can make a story, know what I mean? That whole thing took on a life of its own.”
Hall showed support for friend/former co-star Kevin Hart, and the controversy surrounding him stepping down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards:
“From a selfish point of view, do I wish he had hosted? Yes. People are really conscious of making sure that no one feels offended or marginalized and everything’s so reactive online that no one’s given an opportunity to say, “What would be a solution to the problem?” Maybe the issue could have been addressed during the show in a hilarious skit. And Kevin is not homophobic. He isn’t. I don’t think anything was malicious.”
You can read Regina Hall’s full interview here and check out her new show Black Monday, co-starring Don Cheadle, Sunday nights at 10PM on Showtime.
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