They go on a terrible first date that turns into a tentative, maybe-not-so-terrible romance. Your character operates with this intense self-confidence. In anticipation of meeting you, I was re-reading the story that came out about the Sundance lunch where you got into it with Salma Hayek. And then pull myself up, dust my f*cking outfit off, and get out there.
VH1 had an exclusive chat with Jen about working with the likes of Benzino, Laura Govan, and Tiffany “New York” Pollard, as well as her new music career, her ex Cisco Rosado, and if she’d ever join the cast of Basketball Wives LA. I guess it kinda came about because Carlos King who’s the executive producer of The Next :15, he’s also a friend of mine.
Don’t you just love the beginning stages of dating?
The stage where you are getting to know a person and they are getting to know you and everything is so perfect.
(At other times it just seems really, really —and the fact that it’s off-putting may reflect more poorly on the viewer than on the character.)And then there’s what goes unspoken. Obviously I will have a lot of great loves in my life.” It just never crops up between these two characters. It’s interesting, because that means, in a way, even if you’re not trying to be political, you kind of are.”Later, she adds: “In a way, that’s kind of what it can mean to be black.”We spoke more about her feelings on that incident, about making I’m really tall, so I loved that this movie is about an unusually tall woman. You left at the beginning of last summer, arguably when things really started to go haywire with the 2016 election.
Jessica and Boone are opposites: He’s as self-deprecating and gibbering as she is self-assured and unnervingly direct. “What I loved about Jessica,” says Williams, “is that she’s a black woman, and that is part of her identity. They fought for me to be able to stand up here in the cold-ass snow in front of a bunch of white people wearing Uggs”); then for publicly tussling with Salma Hayek over matters of intersectional feminism at a lunch for women in Hollywood (Hayek’s position: reject victimhood; Williams’s position: for certain women—black and trans women in particular—“it’s not so simple”).“Race affects everything that I do, and everything that I create speaks to intersectionality,” Williams explains when I ask whether the film’s handling of interracial dating connects to the point she was trying to make at Sundance. Have there been moments since then when you’ve felt pangs of: I wish I could get back into the satirical news game?
There’s an appealing hyper-realism to Strouse’s depiction of Boone and Jessica’s awkward, ambivalent courtship. Height has been very, very central to the development of my personality. I really felt like no matter what happened in that room, there were so many women and men who understood what I was talking about and were really supportive. I don’t have any regrets about the way I left, and when I left, and what I’m choosing to do. I mean that in the most eloquent way possible: F*ck.