According to Regina King – the actress known by many for her role in cult-classic, Jerry Maguire – there are several reasons for why she was so thrilled to work alongside Barry Jenkins on his brand new movie: If Beale Street Could Talk.
During a chat with hosts of The Close-Up from The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy Award-winner spoke with reporters, telling what it was like to work with Jenkins.
Regina said to journalists that she is attracted to productions that not only tell a good story but also projects which employ producers and directors who are all in it together as “collaborators.”
Merely being an actress isn’t enough; she wants to have “ownership” in the story. Because what’s the point of having a part in the film if she doesn’t have an influence on how it’s told for the audience?
Recalling the first time she ever spoke with Barry over Skype, the actress explained the way in which she began to truly appreciate his willingness to work together to build something great. Regina revealed that she knew after talking with him for an hour that she would learn something and come away from it all with something fresh and exciting.
The NY Film Critics Circle venerated King as the best-supporting actress for her part in the much-anticipated movie earlier in the week.
Following the love story of two characters, Tish and Fonny, If Beale Street Could Talk is an adaption of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel donning the exact same title.
The novel and movie explore the way in which race, society, politics, and gender, intersect. During a conversation with The Huffington Post, Jenkins told reporters that the movie and the book speak directly to the way in which black people lived in the time the film is set.
Speaking of her character in the production, The Huffington Post said that King believes the part was created specifically for her. That’s how much she loved it. It comes out on the 14th of December in the United States. Unfortunately, it will be screened in a limited number of theaters.