Veteran Hollywood actress Regina Hall has been popping up on the big and small screen very frequently over the last few years and she recently opened up about landing her first-ever lead role in the upcoming Lifetime film “With This Ring.” We caught up with Regina earlier this week to chat about the film, which was produced by Tracey Edmonds and Gabrielle Union, and she also touched on a few other topics including her own “marriage pact,” her father’s death, being a sex symbol and more.
On what makes the film so relatable for her:
Well I mean I am a woman who is single.
So that, you know, the scenes in the book and in the script which I think has did an amazing job of adapting (unintelligible) to it I mean they resonate with me like so much.
And what doesn’t resonate with me resonates with friends in my life. And it has been my friends that have gotten me through a lot of situations and who remind me of so many great things in, you know, my life.So I think it was just – it’s just a very well done well written script.
And I always relate to that. But, you know, there were a lot of things about this woman that I relate to a lot. And I think the writers did a fabulous job in catching that.
On how losing her father impacted her career choice:
I was in grad school getting my Masters in journalism and my father died. He died very, very suddenly of a stroke my very first semester. And it pushed me into really grasping the brevity of life. And then that pushed me into what would I really like to do?
You know, and it’s not like I had, you know, journalism always was very interesting to me and I actually loved it as well. But I had so many deeper questions to having lost a parent so young. So I think, you know, that was very big because it was after. And then I just did finish that but it was after that that I decided that I would pursue acting. And I think that was probably that was the biggest catalyst.
On whether or not she knows men consider her a “sex symbol:”
Well you know what there’s two answers to that. No. Well I’m in sweats and a baseball cap. And look your husband would be like wait a minute, you know, who was that?
But I think the other part too is because I’m – I haven’t been in social media so you don’t get to – until five days ago and I’m still not good at it you may not know you don’t hear it as much.
And also I don’t necessarily think you need to hear it, you know, I – it’s always wonderful to be supportive. Like the fact that, you know, you are an amazing woman and there is anything that, you know, you’re on, like you’re taking time out to say I really like which you do or that’s just – that’s kind of the beautiful part of it, you know, because it’s a real sincere part of it. And that’s kind of what you love.
And, you know, maybe people – maybe people resonate with, you know, that but I, you know, it’s a weird thing feel like sex symbol especially as I’ve gotten older.
On not being offered more roles involving nudity after playing a stripper in “The Best Man:
I thought after I did Best Man people are going to ask me to strip again. But no one asked me again…I got offended! [Laughs]
I thought: ‘Oh, I’m going to be typecast. They’re going to be asking you to play [a stripper].’ Not one role. Not one person asked me to take my clothes off again.
On making a real life “marriage pact” with her friends:
Oh my God yes. I made that vow. And clearly didn’t stick to it so, I must have come to the same conclusion that [my character] did. But, you know, I’ve had moments where my friends and I have been like look at this – bye this time next year we’re going to be married. It doesn’t matter.
On what women can learn from the movie:
I think the whole point of the movie — and I certainly resonate with this — is that, you know, and especially as a black woman I say, you know, we can’t wait to be happy. And there’s not an event or relationship or, you know, something that you have planned in your head that creates that.
And I know before this movie started I was living in the – in my house but I wanted a yard in my house. And about three years ago, I wanted to move. And I remember the first thought is, oh, you know what? I should probably wait until I get married and then I’ll move. And then I thought well, I don’t know when that is. And I could enjoy my yard right now, you know, because right now is really all I have.
And I think that’s the message that, you know, I really hope women take away from it like just there as so many wonderful things and so many wonderful pieces that make up life as a whole. You know, there’s so many different elements. So just because it’s not the way you necessarily envisioned or dreamed it doesn’t mean that it’s not deliciously wonderful.
And I hope women really can know that and know that they themselves are the most valuable component in their life.