It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen actress and comedian Mo’Nique gracing the film screen but her reemergence on the scene with a leading role in Will Packer‘s recently released film “Almost Christmas” was welcomed.
It’s true what they say, you can’t keep a good woman down and Mo’Nique is a living testimony of that. Just last year, we watched on as she and director Lee Daniels publicly went at it for months over Mo’Nique’s claims that she had been blackballed in the entertainment industry for not campaigning for her “Precious” Oscar win and once again, for claiming that Lee Daniels initially offered her the role of Cookie Lyon for the hit show “Empire” (which she brought out receipts backing her claims).
During a recent interview, Mo’Nique spoke on being blackballed in Hollywood, her return to her comedic roots and finding inspiration throughout all the trials and tribulations. Check out some of what we deemed highlights from her interview below!
On being blackballed in Hollywood:
When you cannot get caught up in the fantasy [of Hollywood] because the reality is always going to be waiting there for you, it allows you to function at a higher level. There are other honest people out there. There are some people in Hollywood who just want to do good work. That’s why I keep going. Because we’re going to meet them.
On her return to her comedic roots:
When people say, ‘What’s the difference [between drama and comedy roles]?’ there is none. It is still this little fat black girl from Baltimore, Maryland. When people say, ‘Return [to comedy] — I do things that make sense. I don’t know if it’s a ‘return’; it just hasn’t made sense in a long time.
Finding inspiration through Hattie McDaniel and Louise Beavers:
All those sistas that made it so that this little fat black girl could have different opportunities. When I look and read their stories, they kept going. Through all the adversity, unfairness, inequality, the lack of fair pay… they hung in there.
Mo’Nique, we love you and we are STILL fans of your work. We stand with you sista!
Written By: Monique C. Tillman