Starring Regina King

Because of the pandemic, Variety Studio presented its Actors on Actors @ Home, conversations between actors from their own homes.

A note from the editor clears that this conversation between Reese Witherspoon and Regina King happened before the protests in the US, so through it probably a few facts will be different than the current situation.

Note: This conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors took place before the protests over police brutality swept through the United States — which is too bad, because “Watchmen,” which aired in the fall, was prescient about such things.

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HBO’s “Watchmen,” Regina King plays Angela Abar, also known as the masked police detective Sister Night. A drama about the legacy of racial trauma, “Watchmen” shows us the way we live now through the lens of the eponymous 1986 graphic novel — a world in which costumed vigilantes are very much a real thing. Reese Witherspoon — who worked with King in “Legally Blonde 2” in 2003 — was in three shows recently: “Big Little Lies,” “The Morning Show” and “Little Fires Everywhere.” In the last one, set in upper-middle-class Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the ’90s, she plays Elena Richardson, an uptight white woman we would now call a Karen. Angela would arrest Elena for her white privilege.

Note: This conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors took place before the protests over police brutality swept through the United States — which is too bad, because “Watchmen,” which aired in the fall, was prescient about such things.

Reese Witherspoon: I feel like I met you when I was 23 years old.

Regina King: I know — we have grown children. We met each other on “Legally Blonde.” Remember when you got Sally Field to play that part? We were just fanning out. And you got to do that again on “Big Little Lies” with Meryl Streep. How do you do it, girl? Putting on your producer cap and your acting cap — are you wearing them simultaneously?

Witherspoon: Well, I try and make them an offer they can’t refuse. I knew I wanted to work with you too. I remember seeing you in “Jerry
Maguire,” and I was like, “I’m going to work with her.” You had a spirit inside of you. You have won so many Emmys at this point. Do you have a favorite moment, or a moment that just sits in your heart, that you can never forget? Or the Oscar!

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June 28, 2020   No Comment   Magazines

The gallery has been updated with a few magazines featuring Regina King that were missing before. Enjoy!

Weeks before the Black Lives Matter protests broke out around the globe in the wake of the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, inclusivity, the feeling of “otherness” and the struggle for an essential humanity were already on the minds of the eight actors gathered via video conference for The Envelope’s annual Drama Roundtable conversation.


Regina King stars as Angela Abar and her alter ego Sister Night in “Watchmen,” a series that launches its story with the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Okla., before shifting into a fictional aftermath. “What was really attractive to me about the character is this — which I think is something that so many humans experience and don’t realize they’re experiencing — is this trauma that she’s inherited,” King said. “So much of her life right now is informed by that trauma [from the massacre of Black residents and business owners]. She’s kind of created this world where being an outsider is actually a safe space to be.”

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The gallery has been updated with over 600 HD screencaptures of Regina King in Down To Earth.

When amateur comedian Lance Barton (Chris Rock) finds himself at Heaven’s door, he is convinced there has been a mistake. Miraculously he is right. Since returning to his own body is not an option, a heavenly agent places him into the corpse of a rich Manhattan mogul who has just been murdered by his wife — until a more suitable replacement can be found. Ironically, it is as this new person that Lance ultimately discovers his true self, falls in love and improves his comedy act in the process.

May 28, 2020   No Comment   Interviews

Here’s how the Oscar winner keeps her skin clear and glowing, whether she’s on a red carpet or staying home.

Starting her on-screen career at 14, Regina King is no stranger to the beauty chair. From taking red carpet inspiration from the runway, to tackling adult acne in her 30s, King swears by a graceful attitude and an unbothered approach to beauty. But, like all of us, she’s got a few secret weapons in her arsenal. Here is a glimpse at her beauty journey and some influences she had along the way.

Describe your beauty vibe in a couple of words.
Probably clean, moisturized, and… What’s one word that sort of captures being yourself, you know, like an unbothered thing? One of a kind — because you should always be yourself. You can look to things for inspiration, but you should be owning what you’re doing. It should be your own. You should never feel apologetic about it.

You were 14 years old when you began acting on 227. What was it like going through your teens on TV?
I was lucky because I didn’t have severe acne or anything like that. My mother was very healthy, drinking lots of water and eating vegetables. When I got to junior high, where you could buy your lunch, I began drinking soda. I broke out, and my mother said it was from soda. I stopped drinking it and never had breakouts again until I was 30 and got adult acne.

What was the secret to clearing your skin in your 30s?

I started going to Arcona for facials and using their products; they’re more natural. Both Arcona and Koh Gen Do products feel really light on your face. I have oily skin, which for the most part is good for aging but not the greatest for on-set makeup because you constantly have to blot, blot, blot between takes.

What’s the last beauty product you bought at the drugstore?
Vaseline. If I’ve been wearing a matte or heavily pigmented lipstick, I make a lip scrub out of sugar and Vaseline. And it’s the absolute best for dry heels.

You once débuted three looks on Instagram during a single day of press appearances. Do you enjoy getting ready for the red carpet?
I have a really fun team. We’re not interested in doing the same thing; we approach it as art. [While doing press for Watchmen,] my stylist and I had just gone to Milan for the spring 2020 Prada show. The models had these awesome hairdos: When you looked at them from the front, it looked like they had bob haircuts, but when they walked by, you could see full-on ponytails. We were like, “Oh my god!” So we sent pictures to Larry [Sims, King’s hairstylist], and he was like, “Yes! We’re going to do that, but we’re going to do the black version with full hair!”

Do you feel pressure to put together “a look” every time you leave the house?
Before, I’d just throw on whatever and run to the store; it would just have to be comfortable. Now I might take a little more time to make something match. I’d like to say I’m not so concerned with what other people think, but social media has made it so that you can get “caught” in a picture. Like, if the wind blew a certain way and your shirt blew up, well, then suddenly you’re pregnant. Hopefully, I will grow past that and eventually not give two fucks. But right now, I guess I do care. [laughs]

On Twitter, your bio reads, “Classically beautiful.” What does that phrase mean to you?
Some years ago there was an outlet that [ran] a picture of Viola Davis and said she was not classically beautiful. That sparked a bit of a rage in a lot of female entertainers of color. Many of us responded by changing our [bios] to “Classically beautiful,” just to say, “What the hell does that even mean? Everybody is classically beautiful.” I decided it was never worth changing.

If you inspired a fragrance, what should it be called?
That is a good question. It would maybe be called Grace. It’s my favorite word, and who doesn’t want to lead with grace?

The brand Philosophy makes a scent called Pure Grace. Have you tried it?
Oh, do they really? I’ll have to smell it. When things calm down in the world, I’m going to run to Sephora and check it out.