Five years ago, comedienne and actress Mo’Nique took home an Oscar for her supporting role in “Precious” – but it didn’t improve her career or finances. Find out what Mo’Nique discovered about getting “blackballed” by Hollywood inside…
Since winning an Academy Award for her groundbreaking role in “”Precious”, comedian and former talk show hostess Mo’Nique has quietly disappeared from the Hollywood scene. Why? A shocking interview for The Hollywood Reporter might provide an answer…
In the latest issue of “THR” Mo’Nique opens up about life after the Oscar, revealing it hasn’t been a feel-good movie. In fact, a close friend (director Lee Daniels) informed her that she’d been blackballed because studios and execs find her difficult to work with. He told THR,
“Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”
In her interview, Mo’Nique revealed that she’d been offered roles on “Empire”, as well as in The Butler and the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic. but they were all pulled (two roles went to Oprah Winfrey). Here’s how Mo’Nique got booted from Hollywood….
On her career nosedive (since winning the Oscar):
What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: It should come with more respect, more choices and more money. It should, and it normally does. Hattie McDaniel said, “After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.” It was the same with me. I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize — and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.
On being blackballed
I got a phone call from Lee Daniels (who she worked with on Precious) maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, “Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.” And I said, “I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?” And he said, “Because you didn’t play the game.” And I said, “Well, what game is that?” And he gave me no response. The next thing he said to me was, “Your husband is outbidding you.” But he never asked me what [salary] we were asking for. You know, my husband and I had to change things so we wouldn’t have to depend on [others]. So we do it independently. We’re very proud of taking the independent route, and we have a movie coming out on April 24 called Blackbird…..
So I can’t answer why he said I was blackballed. There may be people that feel that way about me. But I respect everyone, from the homeless brother and sister on the street to the executive that sits in the highest office named President Barack Obama. I respect everyone — but we over-respect no one.
On being labeled “Difficult”
There have been people that have said, “Mo’Nique, she can be difficult. Mo’Nique and her husband can be difficult.” They could probably be right. One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was “really difficult to work with.” And I said, “Well, that’s funny, because I’ve never even worked with them, but OK.”
Whoever those people are who say, “Mo’Nique is difficult,” those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable. They’re set to say, “Mo’Nique is tactless, she’s tacky.” That’s why I have my beautiful husband, because he’s so full of tact, ’cause I’m a girl from Baltimore. I come from a blue-collar town — and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don’t let people mistreat you. You stand up for what’s right.
Mo’Nique’s interview appears in the February 27th issue of The Hollywood Reporter…..