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The Girls Trip star noted feeling nervous over the meeting, as she had just returned to Africa and taken her braids out. “Should I press it? Should I put a wig on it?” she remembers asking herself, before deciding that she’d go into the meeting “as regular ol’ Tiffany. He’s going to see an afro, he’s going to see no makeup. And if it doesn’t work, at least I got to meet him!”
Crystal, who directed the film and also co-wrote it along with former Saturday Night Live scribe Alan Zweibel, says before meeting Haddish he had wondered who could play the “special part” of Emma Payge, a New York singer who forms an unlikely yet heartfelt friendship with aging comedy writer Charle Burns (Crystal) going through the early stages of dementia.
Upon seeing Haddish’s recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig, he knew he needed to send a script over and see if the two would click.
“We hit it off immediately,” Haddish tells THR. “As we he was trying to tell me about it, I’m like, ‘You don’t have to do all of this talking. I’m doing the movie. It’s done. It’s in the can. We’re going to the Oscars.'”
Speaking on Here Today‘s “complicated” but “beautiful” story, Crystal shares that “working with Tiffany and achieving what we wanted to with the film and making it as honest and as truthful and as funny and as touching, was really a great experience.”
Here Today is from Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films and will be released in theaters May 7.
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