Pay attention: Actress Regina Hall’s star is on the rise.
You might recognize actress Regina Hall from the 2017 smash hit Girls Trip, where she was cast alongside Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith. (It was also the first film by an African-American female screenwriter to cross the $100 million mark.) Hall’s career continues to leap forward in 2018, with two back-to-back movies, the first of which premiered Aug. 24. Dubbed Support the Girls, the film gathered quite a bit of acclaim when it debuted at South by Southwest. The second, The Hate U Give, premiers in October. Here, we talk shop with the rising star.
In Support the Girls, you’re the manager of a ragtag group of ladies working at an establishment that objectifies women. Why do you think the ultimate message of the film resonates so well? We’re in a time of recognizing sisterhood, self-empowerment and female empowerment. It’s a great moment of supporting each other and standing up with each other.
The Hate U Give’s tone couldn’t be more different: You play the mother of a girl who becomes entangled in a tragedy akin to Trayvon Martin. The protagonist does a lot of code switching between her prep school self and her home self. Did you have some of those experiences? I think part of growing up is finding your own voice and realizing you’re more powerful for it. I went to a predominantly white school, but grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood. I felt empowered by being able to balance both worlds.
It’s a new era for women in filmmaking. From an artist’s point of view, what type of industry change have you seen over the past few years in the character and career options you now have? Ideally, we’re heading toward a solution. I will say that I’m not afraid to age in the industry, and I’m seeing a lot of great roles for women of all ages, races and sizes.
Thoughts on Atlanta? My mom was born and raised in Georgia, so I spent a lot of summers there with my grandmother. My mom was living in D.C. when I was born, but we still visited my grandma in Columbus. I would go to Atlanta some weekends with my cousins since it was about 90 minutes away. The current Atlanta isn’t what it was then, though. [When in Atlanta], I love being close to family; they have great food, and it’s so integrated.
Photography by: Derek Blanks