January 15, 1971
Los Angeles, California, USA
Regina Rene King
5′ 3″ (1.6 m)
Ian Alexander, Jr. (January 19, 1996 – from ex-husband)
Regina Rene King was born on January 15, 1971, in Los Angeles and grew up in View Park-Windsor Hills. She is the eldest daughter of Gloria (Cain), a special education teacher, and Thomas King, an electrician. King’s parents divorced in 1979. King’s younger sister is former actress Reina King, who appeared on What’s Happening Now!! King attended Westchester High School; graduating in 1988 and later attended the University of Southern California.
• She studied under acting coach/actress Betty A. Bridges, mother of actor Todd Bridges. She was Regina’s acting coach for ten years before and during her first role on the TV series 227 (1985).
• Sister of actress Reina King.
• Opened an L.A. restaurant called Paio.
• Was a bridesmaid in the wedding of actress Vivica A. Fox.
• Is a graduate of Westchester High School (class of 1988).
• Her favourite movie is The Sandlot (1993).
• Credits Marla Gibbs as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
• Friends with Tichina Arnold.
• Won the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Latrice Butler in Seven Seconds (2018).
• Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category for her role as Latrice Butler in Seven Seconds (2018).
• Won the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for her role as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
• Won the 2019 Academy Award in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her role as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
• Auditioned for one of the lead roles in Set It Off (1996), which eventually went to Vivica A. Fox.
• We know that’s the bottom line: if money is made, the powers that be pay attention.
• I’ve tried to be flexible in my career by doing a little bit of everything and that’s worked for me.
• It’s funny that until I actually met my husband, I never thought I’d get married.
• There’s a difference between actresses of color and actresses not of color. If you look at how big my movies are.
• People love to see themselves on screen in a way that makes sense and seems on point.
• If your woman is asleep every time you get home, she’s just really tired. Of you.
• It’s incredibly hard out there for women of color.
• I watch ESPN all day. If you come into my trailer, ESPN is on. That’s the first thing I do when I leave the set.
• I never really loved school through junior high, but then I started running track my freshman year, and I was just like, ‘Wow, this is cool!’
• I know in my own marriage I stayed in it to provide my son with what I thought was a stable background and to give him what I thought was the family life a child should have with two parents. But that isn’t always the best way, and it took me taking my son to therapy after the divorce to really see it.
• Athletes are very cool to me.
• Especially in this industry, women challenge men much more now because we’re saying, ‘We can do it, too.’
• I want to live a full life – period.
• Children at certain ages have distinct actions, and boys at certain ages have a particular way of acting too.
• I’m just really thankful to have the chance to portray a character you don’t see every day.
• I love my city and I feel like the majority of the people that are in the city are people from other cities. So I think that L.A. sometimes might get a bad rap because it’s known to be so Hollywood-oriented and then underneath that you have crime. But that’s really the case in pretty much any major city that you go to.
• When you see all the suits in the room, everybody in the room has on suits, you know, the women, too. We’re not wearing dresses and chiffon and we’re not as fun as we used to be.
• A Modern Mom to me is not always someone that juggles a career and family. A Modern Mom is a woman who takes care of herself on the inside and the outside.
• You always make a film with the hope that all types of people will want to see your work and that it doesn’t matter about your color, but unfortunately it still does.
• I learned a lot from my Mom. My favorite lesson: remember there is no such thing as a certain way to parent and to remember that you are learning along with your child – it’s ok to make mistakes.
• I stay in tune with my family and God.
• My mother was a single mom, and most of the women I know are strong.
• My biggest challenge will be to play the totally submissive woman. It takes a toll on you when you play someone who’s far removed from your personality.
• You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.