“I try not to question the universe,” Regina King, 50, tells EW during her L.A. photo shoot in early March.
Her feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami…, imagining the real-life meeting of four Black icons in 1964, arrived during a period marked by isolation. She laments not being able to see it in a theater, never getting the chance to take a group photo with her quartet of actors: Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Eli Goree. But, she says, there’s “beauty in the bruises… when I get emails, or texts, or people just walking down the street expressing how the film hit them.”
While the awards-season regular, who’s won an Oscar and four Emmys over the past six years, isn’t in contention for a directing Academy Award this year, her film still netted three nominations, never before done by an Oscar-winning actor for their first movie. “She required that we gave her our best on the floor,” double-nominee Odom (Supporting Actor, Original Song) says on behalf of the cast. “What she returned to us in the final version of the film was something beautiful.”
EW spoke with King about her next chapter.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: To start, how has the social aspect of this particular awards season been different?
REGINA KING: To be completely honest, it’s been tough. Because, if you talked to me at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020, I was going into it anticipating sneaking into the movie theater to get that shared experience that only a movie theater can give you. I was looking forward to what that was going to feel like, and I still don’t know. It looks as though, for my first film, I will never know. It’s a little sad that I don’t have any photographs [of] myself and the foursome, which we would have had. We would have started at Venice Film Festival with all of us together, you know?
How have you been maintaining morale when you’re not seeing each other at awards shows each weekend?
I’ve gotten emotional with them a few times when we’re all on a Zoom together, because it’s just not the same. I got the opportunity to see Aldis the other day and that felt so good. To be able to see him for the first time since we were shooting, share some joy together, it did my soul some good.
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Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic. Young Ray watches his 7-year-old brother drown at age seven. When he loses his sight at the age of 9, his hardworking mother (Sharon Warren) urges him not to feel sorry for himself. He rises through the ranks of the Seattle jazz scene, struggling with drug addiction and infidelity while on the road. Supported by his wife (Kerry Washington), Ray Charles redefines soul music and inspires a generation.
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From her critically acclaimed directorial debut of One Night in Miami to her Oscar- and Emmy-winning performances, Regina King has mastered the art of storytelling. And when the actress and director isn’t busy telling the stories of others, she tells Yahoo Life that she often finds herself immersed in her own.
“I really didn’t journal regularly, but during this time that we’ve all been in, I’ve found myself [going] back to my journals,” she admits. “And I’ve been reading my old journals, [and] that’s been surprisingly very therapeutic because I’ve been able to see how much I’ve grown in some spaces. I’ve also been able to see places where I know I’m never going to change. ‘Oh yeah, I was saying that 10 years ago,’ which is a good thing. It helps you to embrace who you are. I feel like we’re always constantly evolving as people.”
One thing King hopes will evolve is a sense of urgency around racial equity. The star has partnered with Vaseline on their Equitable Skincare For All campaign, which aims to bring awareness to healthcare inequities and offer support to “culturally competent” dermatologists who are well-versed in knowing how to treat skin belonging to people of color.
King says she hopes the campaign, which she promoted on BET last week, will result in “more young aspiring doctors [being] encouraged to want to take on that form of medicine.”
She adds, “Even those young doctors that aren’t Black, as they’re going on in their journey to become a dermatologist, [I hope] that they realize they’re becoming a dermatologist for everyone, not just for white people. Hopefully they recognize that, and hopefully the actual colleges [and] institutions will recognize that.”
Here, she shares more about her own approach to wellness, from self-worth to sleep.
Sadly Regina did not win, but nevertheless she looked amazing for her dress up to the virtual awards. Enjoy the pics!
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of Regina King from various tv-shows she guest starred into. Take a look and enjoy!
The Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress makes her film directorial debut with an acclaimed story, set in the 1960s, of a re-imagined meeting of four Black icons – Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – discussing the civil rights movement. Regina King talks with CBS News’ Michelle Miller about her artistic ambitions, her promotion of social justice, and the blessings of her fruitful career.
Regina King “visited” Seth Meyers, some days ago, to talk about Saturday Night Live, being nominated at the Golden Globes in the director field and her senior dog deserving all the attentions. Take a look.