Sheryl Lee Ralph on Mo'Nique being 'blackballed': 'This is a setup for a comeback'
Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique raised some eyebrows last week for her interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which she shared that director Lee Daniels informed her that she had been “blackballed” in Hollywood.
The 47-year-old actress says she was told that her refusal to “play the game” while promoting the 2009 drama Precious — which scored the 2010 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress — was her demise.
While Daniels has publicly stood by his comments to Mo’Nique, fellow actress Sheryl Lee Ralph recently offered her opinion on his theory during an appearance on “Access Hollywood Live.”
What’s interesting about that is, she didn’t campaign. I wonder, do you think that they would blackball Tom Hanks for not campaigning for a movie? The game is different for women.
A whole lot of actors are difficult. And there’s a whole lot of actors who are mean and terrible, but they work all the time. It goes back to who likes you, who wants to be in your kind of crazy company. Who wants to give you money in hopes they’ll get something back on the return on your madness. And sometimes you just need to shut up, sit there and look pretty … But I think this is a setup for a comeback.
Ralph is convinced that a comeback is still possible.
“Now, when she comes back she better be as tiny as you,” Ralph said, gesturing at slender co-host Kit Hoover. “She don’t need to be Mo’Nique anymore, because obviously what she was did not work. So she better come back brand new. That’s what they’re waiting for.”
Grio fam, do you agree with Sheryl Lee that Monique can bounce back from being blackballed? What the clip for yourself and let us know what you think.