Luenell Says Leslie Jones ‘Wasn’t Speaking To Me’ On ‘Coming 2 America’ Set Amid Their Feud, Ladies Later Settled Their Issues
Luenell opened up about their longstanding feud during an interview with Comedy Hype and said they were able to put their differences aside while filming the movie.
“As much as Leslie Jones and I have not gotten along and as many years as we’ve known each other, we were able to come to a meeting of the minds during the filming of this movie. And as much as it pains me to say, she’s going to be a huge star after this movie comes out because this is probably the best work she’s ever done, in her life, ‘Saturday Night Live,’ included.”
She went on to say that Leslie Jones was ignoring her on the set as she explained why they didn’t get along, to begin with.
“Leslie wasn’t speaking to me, period on the set of the film. It was throwback feelings she had way back when I was on tour with Katt [Williams] and she was doing some spot dates. She felt a certain type of way. Big misunderstanding.”
She said once they got on set of Coming 2 America, the crew wanted them to settle their differences, but it didn’t happen right away.
“I wouldn’t say she’s the warm and fuzziest person I’ve ever worked with but we had to play sisters. We had to speak to each other. And actually, production came to me and asked me would I please take her to the side and work out whatever angst it was that she was feeling about me at the time. So I went to her and told her, at her leisure, would she have a conversation with me. She said, ‘Aight.’ But that still never happened.”
Fortunately, things changed. Luenell continued,
“But one day, when I came back to the set—because I had to film and leave and come back–some issues had been resolved on the set. She was much more pleasant to work with. I told her that, that it was nice to work with her that day, in the mood that she was in. And we began a conversation. We went back and covered some of the issues that were bothering her from back in the day and we were able to go ahead and shoot some great scenes. We’re still not going to go out and kick it. But at least we won’t have to roll our eyes and avoid each other when we’re in a room now.”
She added that she never had an issue with Leslie Jones.
“It absolutely was not as big a deal as it was made into be. It wasn’t me, by the way. Leslie was in her feelings about some things she perceived were being said or being done to her, years ago. She is the one who held the grudge. I stand by that. It’s not like we want to go to bed with each other but we certainly should be able to work with each other without all this catty bullsh*t. So I think that we have gotten to that point.”
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