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Regina King on Playing Muslim, J.Law, & 30 Years in Hollywood

Larry King NowJan 04 '16

Regina King pulls no punches. The Emmy winner joins Larry for a wide-ranging conversation about playing a Muslim on network TV, police use of force, & what it means to be black and female in Hollywood. Plus, details on the final season of ‘The Leftovers’!


*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Jan 4th 2016:

"Oh no, I embraced it. I embrace it totally and since shooting ‘til now, I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to represent a person who believes so deeply in their religion with everything that's going on now. I feel honored to be able to have portrayed her."

"It's hard to sometimes wrap my mind around it. I feel sometimes that we are moving backwards in a lot of ways.A lot of the stories that I heard about from my mom and my grandmother. I’m witnessing them now."

"I feel like all of the beautiful things that the internet and social media and emails and all of those things that were provided with those--with that technology and those discoveries, we've lost what it really means to communicate and to look at each other and touch each other....We don't do it anymore. So we have all of these virtual relationships and I think that's why we're kind of in the place that we are."

"The crime is a rape that happens with high school students and it's male on male, which is quite different than what you normally hear about. But with the research that we've done, it's actually a little more common than what we would think."

"The fact that I was able to point out statistics and express how I felt and still come back around full circle and be celebrated by the Emmy organization was very, very--that was a reward within itself. I do feel like there's some change and some movement, some forward movement. I just don't want to speak too soon. I want to see where things go."

"I was an extra on 'Different Strokes.'"

"I think it's a gift. I think women--we're the pulse of the earth, you know? You can't get here if you don't come through us."

"It's really interesting with everything recently with Jennifer Lawrence being very vocal. I guess from my perspective is different than hers because my gap is even behind hers. So to hear that she's feeling some of the same-- when I say she, women that aren't of color-- are feeling some of the same things."

"I think Boyz N the Hood was a big moment for me, you know, transitioning from television to movies, and Jerry Maguire was big because it was that transition from being looked at as a girl and looked at as a woman."

"An audition I had for Spike Lee for Malcolm X."- Her most embarrassing moment

"It would either be Beyonce or Elizabeth Warren."- people she would like to trade places with for a day

"There are. Working ones? Not so many. "- on black female directors

"It's a genetic thing. It runs in our family and it's just something that if you're not making sure you're doing regular check ups and things like that, you may not even know you have. There's no warning." - on High blood pressure in her family

"It's unfortunate that those conversations have to be had and those conversations have to be had now. We're seeing even more, not just with young black men, but with young black women, with girls as well. It's really interesting. I was having this conversation with one of my girlfriends who’s white and our sons are the same age and at one point they were getting ready for their driving test. When she discovered a conversation that I have to have with Ian about rules of driving differ from hers because hers were more just like make sure you watch the road and things like this and mine was not just that. It was what to do if you get pulled over."

"I think it's a combination of both to be quite honest. I think especially if you look at the history of young people in LA and the police department in LA. That was a blue and black and brown thing. It wasn't a white police officer thing."