Regina King is a prime example of why you should never give up on your dreams. The 48-year-old actress is gracing the November 2019 cover of Marie Claire’s appropriately titled ‘Ambition Issue‘. For any young black girl growing up, representation is critically important. I was fortunate enough to have Regina King as a familiar face of my childhood, starring in some of my favorite movies that we deem classics in the black community such as ‘Boyz N The Hood’, ‘Poetic Justice’, ‘Higher Learning’, ‘Friday’, and ‘A Thin Line Between Love & Hate’. Not to mention, she starred as teenager Brenda Jenkins at just 13 years-old in the late 1980s sitcom, ‘227’.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, it’s hard to believe that it took this long for King to receive her accolades. In 2015 and 2016, she won Emmys for her work in ABC’s ‘American Crime’. King took home another Emmy in 2018 for Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds’ and a 2019 Academy Award and Golden Globe for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’.
“It is very cool to be 47 and [have] this shit be new,” she says in a February 2019 interview with Vanity Fair.
If you think Regina King has any plans of slowing down, think again. Premiering October 20th, she will be starring as a superhero in the HBO nine-episode pilot, ‘Watchmen’. Created by Damon Lindelof, the project is based on the groundbreaking 1986 politically driven graphic novel by Alan Moore, but will also attempt to break new ground of its own, according to HBO. HBO describes it as a world where super-heroes are considered outlaws.
“Sister waited until she was almost 50 to be a superhero,” King tells Marie Claire. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, you know, be a woman physically kicking ass.”
Even with all of the great things that have happened for Regina King throughout the course of her career, more specifically over the last 5 years, the talented actress still understands the power and importance of progression and tries not to live in a single moment forever. She likes to stay ready for whatever’s next on the list.
“What’s next, you know? I’m very good at choosing what needs to stay with me and what things need to be let go of,” she says. “Sometimes we can get so caught up in the moment and we don’t ever leave that moment, and that’s how some people get stuck. I don’t know if you ever heard me say, ‘Comfort zones are where dreams go to die.’”
In addition to being an actress, Regina King also has experience behind the camera as a director for BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’, Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal’, and OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’. She will direct her first major feature film later this year called ‘One Night in Miami’, which tells the story of the February 1964 day when a young Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston. King made her series directorial debut on TNT’s police drama ‘Southland’, which she also starred in.