Last spring, you'll recall that we were impressed by an interview with Mo'Nique that appeared in The Advocate. The actress-comedienne offered some sage advice to gay men on love and acceptance.
Fast forward to this week and Mo'Nique does that and more with Ramon Johnson at Gay Life while discussing her first dramatic role in Shadowboxer. The stylish film noir was directed by Lee Daniels, the out black director and producer of Monster's Ball. The actress was cast against the grain as a highly vulnerable and emotional drug addict ... and her performance was the buzz of the industry.
On being cast in Shadowboxer:
"That role was originally meant for a 20-years-old Caucasian girl who was a size '0' with big breasts. Go figure how [Lee Daniels] got me. That's what I'm talking about, baby. He dared to go over the edge and because he did that for me it was my job and obligation to give him the best of me."
On body image, gay men and insecurity:
"If you stop buying what society is selling, you're body image will be fine. Make sure your health is good; but let your body be what your body will be. I don't think that's just in the gay lifestyle, that's in every walk of life. We want to be accepted so badly by someone else that we're willing to kill ourselves doing it. But the moment you look at that person naked, I promise you you're going to find so much that's wrong. And you're going to say, 'I was trying to impress you? Am I absolutely insane?' "
On playing gay at the movies:
"Yes. I would."
Mo'Nique's advice on body fascism is so timely. Just a few years ago, black gay men were not as body conscious as mainstream gay culture ... but that certainly has changed.
Interview with Mo'Nique (Gay Life)
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