Thursday, August 18, 2022

Angela Bassett Reveals How She Really Feels When Folks Compliment Her ‘Youthful’ Appearance

*Angela Bassett has said being complimented for her youthful appearance at the age of 59 often leaves her speechless and not knowing how to react.

The actress tells Net-A-Porter’s PorterEdit digital magazine: “I guess it’s a high-class problem to have. But you don’t really know what to say when someone says: ‘Oh, my God, you look so good (for 59)’.”

She added: “What do they expect? For you to be completely broken down?”

Bassett said she is “regimented and rigorous about what I’m eating”, and “diet is 85% of the whole thing for me.”

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Best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Tina Turner in biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” Angela currently appears alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” but she has told of her surprise at landing the role because she had “never seen anyone who looked like me in those films.”

“I said: ‘What is that?’ I didn’t think it could be the mega-franchise,” Bassett said.

“It was seven in the morning, and I hadn’t had coffee yet.

“But I’ve also never seen anyone who looked like me in those films.”

Bassett said that, while there are more opportunities for black actresses in

Hollywood, this does not mean a complete societal change.

“There are more roles (for black women), but if you look at the statistics, there are more platforms, more opportunities, for everyone,” she said.

“So, when you actually dive into the percentages, they’re still the same. There’s always still work to do on this house.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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