Many fans have wondered why they haven’t seen Mo’Nique in any movies or television shows in recent years, specifically after winning her Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in Lee Daniels film, Precious. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress and comedienne Mo’Nique shared after her amazing Oscar win in 2010 for her role in Precious, she was blackballed by Hollywood, as told to her by director and friend Lee Daniels. Mo’Nique was considered for other projects under Lee Daniels direction such as The Butler and Empire, but the opportunities fell through. She shared her conversation with Lee Daniels about her status in Hollywood:
“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels, and he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game. What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change in all the ways you’re saying: It should come with more respect, more choices and more money. It should, and it normally does. Hattie said, “After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong.” It was the same with me. I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize — and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.”
“The next thing he said to me was, “Your husband is outbidding you.” But he never asked me what [salary] we were asking for. You know, my husband [actor and producer Sidney Hicks] and I had to change things so we wouldn’t have to depend on [others]. So we do it independently. We’re very proud of taking the independent route, and we have a movie coming out on April 24 called Blackbird.”
The interview also continued:
“There have been people that have said, “Mo’Nique, she can be difficult. Mo’Nique and her husband can be difficult.” They could probably be right. One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was “really difficult to work with.” And I said, “Well, that’s funny, because I’ve never even worked with them, but OK. Whoever those people are who say, “Mo’Nique is difficult,” those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they’re worthless. And that’s unacceptable. They’re set to say, “Mo’Nique is tactless, she’s tacky.” That’s why I have my beautiful husband, because he’s so full of tact, ’cause I’m a girl from Baltimore. I come from a blue-collar town — and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don’t let people mistreat you. You stand up for what’s right.”
Lee Daniels gave this statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on, however the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”
We hope Mo’Nique will be able to come back from this. She’s a wonderful actress and fans would love to see her back on the big screen. Check out the trailer for her upcoming movie Blackbird below.