Regina King on Working With Barry Jenkins: "He Is Truly a Collaborator"

"I want to have ownership in telling the story," King told the Actress Roundtable. "What's the point of being a part of it if not?"

Regina King told the Actress Roundtable she chose to participate in If Beale Street Could Talk because of Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin. Beale Street is Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar-winning film Moonlight, which he wrote and directed and which won the Oscar for best picture and best adapted screenplay.

Jenkins also wrote and directed Beale Street, adapted from the James Baldwin novel of the same name. On Jenkins, King told the Roundtable, "He is one of the most gracious human beings I've ever met. I learn something from him every time I'm in his presence."

She continued to say, "I am attracted to projects that not only are good stories, but the creators of that project are true collaborators."

"I want to have ownership in telling the story. What's the point of being a part of it if not?"

The first time she and Barry Jenkins met was over a Skype call. King recounted that an hour after their meeting she thought, "If it's not this film, I am working with him on something, because he is truly a collaborator and I know I'm going to learn something. I'm going to leave the situation bigger than I was when I came in."

King is a three-time Emmy Award winner (American Crime, Seven Seconds) and a Golden Globe nominated actress (American Crime). She stars in If Beale Street Could Talk alongside KiKi Layne and Stephan James.