*This is Regina King’s season. The Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning star’s string of wins—including as an actress, producer and director—exemplifies what is possible when you master your craft and stay the course.
Her body of work not only spans decades but also defies genres, including her latest turn as Angela Abar (aka “Sister Night”) in the HBO series, Watchmen.
In ESSENCE’s December issue cover story, The King of QueensThe King of Queens, King talks to ESSENCE’s West Coast editor Regina R. Robertson about why this year belongs to her, her longevity and how she plays her “queen” position in Hollywood flawlessly. She shares with ESSENCE:
- ON HER FACE DURING HER OSCAR WIN: “I was thinking, Okay, it’s happening; it’s happening, so what’s your face going to be? Then I looked over at my mom, who is the epitome of grace, and I just knew I’d have the right face, regardless of the outcome…”
- ON HER ROLE AS “SISTER NIGHT” IN WATCHMEN: “It was a gift to have something else that I was passionate about, because at the end of the day, it comes down to the work and the art…”
- WATCHMEN’S DAMON LINDELOF ON WORKING WITH REGINA: “I have this rule about not working with the same actors project to project, but even in the writers’ room, we were accidentally referring to the character as Regina instead of Angela…She’s so much more than number one on the call sheet. She’s a natural leader and an inspiration…”
- ON CHOOSING HER ROLES OVER THE YEARS: “About five or six years ago, I kept hearing people ask, ‘Are you Rhonda?’ and I was like, ‘Who’s Rhonda?’ Then I realized they were talking about Rhonda from A Cinderella Story… I would say that I’ve tried to listen to the voice inside…Luckily, from a very early age, I was able to understand that when things don’t feel quite right, that was probably not the role for me…”
Regina is regal in a photo spread shot by J.D. Barnes, featuring her in designers including Alexis Mabille, Y/Project, Iris Van Herpen, Stephane Rolland and more. ESSENCE’s December issue hits newsstands on Friday.
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