Serving looks for hours at a time can be taxing, but Regina King is focused, her gaze steady on the lens. On the third Friday of October, four days after the Hollywood premiere of HBO’s Watchmen and two days shy of the series’ launch, she’s posed-up inside L.A.’s Milk Studios on Cahuenga Boulevard as an R&B playlist flows from the speakers. Her call time was 8 a.m. Now, as five o’clock approaches and the shoot winds down, King gathers up her team to pop a few bottles. It’s been a good day.
Aside from a visit to Watchmen’s Atlanta set this past June and a 15-minute sit-down at the New York City–based press junket five months later, this one-on-one is the most time we’ve had to talk. Translation: Regina King stays working. And busy. Her journey exemplifies what is possible when you master your craft and stay the course. Stated simply, she is a legend.
When it’s time for our interview, gone are the bold gold accessories, custom hairpieces, and shimmery gowns. She’s dressed down in a gray jumpsuit and wedge boots, bamboo hoops, and a patterned headwrap tied around her head. The only remains of the day are her lashes and manicure. As King settles in, she takes a deep breath and a sip from her glass of rosé. She’s relaxed and ready to roll.
King, 48, attended the 2019 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in February to present a statue to her If Beale Street Could Talk co-star KiKi Layne. Backstage was hectic, but the energy shifted upon her arrival. She was up for her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Beale Street. A month before, she’d taken home the Golden Globe, and now the Oscar buzz was near deafening. But King is no diva. After saying her hellos and giving a few hugs, she turned her attention to her script and made a few last-minute edits. Then she waited in the wings for her introduction. “She’s an actress, producer, and director,” host Kelly Rowland began. “She’s also a 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree, a Golden Globe winner, three-time Emmy winner and newly minted Academy Award nominee.…”
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