After more than 35 years in show business, the actor-director is finally positioned firmly on top — but no way in hell she’s resting
On the Sunday morning before Christmas, Regina King shows up alone at the Villa Carlotta in L.A. That is, unless you count her dog, Cornbread, a 14-year-old Lab-Akita mix with yellow fur, one brown eye and one blue, and a walk that says he’s still too proud to start limping. Everybody on staff knows “Mr. Bread” at this private short-term residential hotel, a refurbished 1920s-era apartment complex where Hollywood luminaries such as the director George Cukor, the actress Marion Davies, and the producer David O. Selznick once lived. That’s because King holed up here for six weeks not too long ago, while work was being done on the home she owns nearby.
Given the history, it is a fine setting for a chat with modern Hollywood royalty, though it’s clear King doesn’t think of herself that way. After doling out greetings (hugs from her, sniffs from ’Bread), King, dressed in ripped jeans, gold Nikes, and a Baja poncho with the hood pulled up, bypasses the elevator for the stairs.
King is in town for only a few days before she’ll head back to New Orleans, where she’s in production on her first feature as a director. One Night in Miami is based on a fictionalized account of a real night in 1964, when Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay), Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown hung out in a hotel room after one of Ali’s bouts. Though she’s been working steadily for more than 35 years, the project caps a two-year period of peak Regina King. In 2018, she won her third Emmy, for her role as a mother whose son is killed by cops in the miniseries Seven Seconds.
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