Seeing comedienne Tiffany Haddish as cover girl for this months Hollywood Reporter makes me wanna take all of my hair down and let you lay in it (calm down…i’m just quoting SZA). But really though, i love seeing all of my favorite Black Queens as Cover girls, especially the ones who are inspiring this new generation with their voices. Tiffany looks amazing on the cover and inside her Hollywood Reporter Magazine feature, she is clearly not your average Garden Angel.
At 38, Haddish is doing celebrity on her own terms, un-selfconsciously and filter-free. At times, you may wonder if maybe she didn’t get her copy of the Celebrity Rule Book — but it’s far more likely she did and never bothered to crack it open. She famously repeats red carpet looks — expect her white Alexander McQueen gown to resurface when she hosts the MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 18 — and surfs from talk show couch to talk show couch dishing on adventures with her growing roster of A-list friends. Toss out any famous name, and there’s a decent chance Haddish has a good story.
Tiffany also credits Kevin Hart, another pal from the stand-up circuit, for helping her turn her life around. He famously gave her $300, which she used to put a roof over her head, and told her to make a list of her goals. That list — which included such things as working with Jada Pinkett Smith (check), Whoopi Goldberg (check) and Arsenio Hall (check) — remains in a notebook at her current address, a considerable upgrade from her family’s first but still in South Central L.A. Hart recently joked during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! that Haddish has yet to pay him back, but she says he’s full of it. “I tried to do $50 here, $100 there; once I had the whole $300, he was like, ‘I don’t want that,'” she laughs. “He’s like, ‘Get your car fixed, Tiffany. Why you still in the Geo Metro? Get the fuck out the Geo Metro.'”
With that boost from Hart, acting gigs came slowly but steadily. There was a role on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong, then jobs on The Carmichael Show and Keanu. “You better jump on the Tiffany Haddish train while you can,” she’d tell anyone who’d listen.
READ all from Tiffany’s Interview straight from the source HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Credits; Interview by Lacey Rose
Photographed By Miller Mobley