Regina Hall is black America’s sweetheart. Although she is riding high on the box office success of the raucous Girls Trip, we’ve been a fan of the funny girl since her scene stealing turn in The Best Mannearly twenty years ago. From there, Hall has lit up the silver screen in the Scary Movie and Think Like a Man movies and has had recurring TV roles on Black-ish and the Insecure spinoff Due North.
In an exclusive interview with Shadow and Act, the darling D.C. native discussed her success.
“I’ve been really blessed, and I’ve always worked a lot. I’m not the most social media visible person, even though I do have a page,” she said. “Maybe people don’t know what I’m doing in between stuff. It was great and consistent before, and yeah, I think maybe my options continued to grow, but I think it’s been good and it’s staying good thanks to (Girls Trip).”
Hall told Shadow and Act the first time she heard about Girls Trip was two years ago. She and producer Will Packer were on an airplane headed to New York for another project. Packer asked her opinion about an idea he had for a film where four friends go to Essence Fest.
“Honestly, I was like, ‘What?’,” Hall said, reflecting back on that initial conversation. “I didn’t know what that was going to be, but I thought about four women going to Essence Fest, and I knew it could be good.”
Packer moved quickly, bringing on The Best Man’s Malcolm Lee to direct and calling Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver to write the script.
“I think a year later there was a script and then we were on set,” Hall remembers. “So, it all was a culmination of a perfect storm.”
Girls Trip has grossed nearly $140 million worldwide and co-stars Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and breakout star, Tiffany Haddish. Although she had fun making the film, Hall told Shadow and Act she’s a little surprised by the racy R-rated comedy’s success.
“You never know what a movie is going to be, how it’s going to go from paper to an actual film,” she said. “I knew that we had a lot of fun. I mean, we laughed a lot. I knew that me and the girls had really created a deep connection and bond, and I knew that part was real. Then the rest you hope for. I don’t know if my expectation was where it ended up being, but it was an amazing and wonderful surprise. I think we were just really happy that women who watched it enjoyed it. I think that was what I thought about the most. Even though it was an African American led movie — I wanted all women to receive it and love it, and I wanted Black women to be proud.”
Read the full interview here.