Combine their acting experience and you’ve got over 45 years (yes you read that right) in Hollywood, an incredible feat in an industry known to both elevate and consume its actors. But when it comes to the gifted Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut, it’s been a road that has endeared them to an entire generation.
After turning heads with her standout role in the Wayans’ brothers Scary Movie franchise, Hall would go on to star in Malibu’s Most Wanted and both installments of the Think Like A Man series alongside Kevin Hart. Then there’s Chestnut; renowned for his role as Ricky Baker in the Boyz n the Hood, he’s gone on to craft an impressive string of hits and is currently gearing up for the second season of the NAACP nominated series Rosewood.
Now the duo is teaming up for When the Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that centers on the John and Laura Taylor (Chestnut and Hall) as they strive to have a child. After running out of options, they decide to use a surrogate (Dallas native Jaz Sinclair) but get more than they bargained for once she becomes obsessed with John.
We weren’t able to pry out any major spoilers, but they took some time to speak to the press, giving their thoughts on Hollywood, the film and more. Be sure to support When the Bough Breaks when it lands in theaters September 9, 2016.
Thoughts on opportunities in Hollywood:
Morris: I think just being able to be working, it’s a definitely a blessing. Hollywood in general, the opportunities are increasing, but we could be doing much better
On how her character was duped by their surrogate in the film:
Regina: I think in her desire for a child, that sixth sense doesn’t kick in because once someone is implanted by your embryo, your desire for what you want clouds that. Human beings are complex, sometimes life goes in directions that no one expects.
Experiences during the filming process
Regina: I play a chef in the film and the backdrop of the city [New Orleans] is huge. Their cuisine, their way of cooking. It’s incredible.
Morris: It takes a toll on you. As an actor, for this type of film having to be in that space day in and day out, it’s really draining.
Reaching longevity and selecting roles:
Morris: I like to start with a script. It’s all about execution. In terms of longevity, you have to be courteous and respectful of people that you work with. You don’t want any friction or conflict. [On the set of Boyz n the Hood] I was always asking Cuba Gooding questions. I’m sure he got tired of me, but I was soaking it all in.
Regina: It’s about looking and picking the right parts. Always trying to continue picking great roles and making sure that you’re always doing your best.
First published in Houston Style Magazine, September 2016