Showtime’s Black Monday star Regina Hall recently recalled the time that she refused to tell a scripted Whitney Houston joke.
“There was a joke, and I can’t remember, but it was a joke I think about drugs and it was about Whitney Houston, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to say that,'” Hall recalled. “Artists give so much … and so to make fun of what was a challenge and an illness. … The great thing about our writers is they were like, ‘Absolutely. We’ll just do something else,'”Hall said during The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress Roundtable.
Hall was joined by Tiffany Haddish, Jane Fonda, Natasha Lyonne, Alex Borstein, Maya Rudolph and Phoebe Waller-Bridge during the talk.
During the roundtable, Hall also discussed why her character on Black Monday, Dawn Darcy, felt liberating to her.
“It was great to be in the ’80s and be successful, and be in a world that, no matter what color you are, a woman who’s Spanish, black, white — they just weren’t really in Wall Street, and they still really aren’t, so to represent a demographic that’s not normally present in a world even today was fun,” she said.
“For her to be as cunning and sharp and as wild and unapologetic, and she’s as gross as the men,” Hall continued. “I like to be able to do that because I find that most women who I know are like that. They’re quite fun and quite delightful and quite smart and dirty and a little raunchy and all things.”
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