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The unique Mo’Nique

Sun., Feb. 28, 2010

Mo’Nique  (Associated Press)
Mo’Nique (Associated Press)

Mo’Nique won the Golden Globe. She also picked up a Screen Actors Guild Award.

So easy money says she’ll be victorious at the Academy Awards next month. Right?

“No. No,” says Mo’Nique.

“See, with any of the awards, I don’t never feel like I got this, ’cause I think the universe would say, ‘Really? So you that special that you already know?’

“So I’m appreciative of when they do call my name and I’m appreciative if they don’t call my name.”

The 42-year-old actress-comedian has had a breakthrough year because of her riveting portrayal as the abusive Mary Jones in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

Q: There’s been a lot of talk about you not showing up early on to promote “Precious” because you were worried about money.

A: Well, when they say Mo’Nique was worried about money, I wasn’t worried about money. … They simply said, “You know, well Mo’Nique we can’t pay you to do that.” … We said, “OK, baby. Well, then, that’s not something we can do.” Because, when I leave out, why ever would I go do something for free when I can go and do something and bring money back home to my family?

Q: Has anyone, after watching the movie, come up to you and opened up about the past?

A: It’s been quite a few. But one, it was this Asian brother at the DGA (Directors Guild of America) screening, and he came up to me and he had been crying, and he said, “Mo’Nique, what I’m getting ready to say to you is gonna sound weird. But I am Mary Jones, and I was Mary Jones to my brother and my sister.” And we hugged and we were crying, and I said, “Congratulations for saying it out loud, and go get you some help.”

Q: How does that make you feel?

A: When you hear that you say, “We’ve already won.” So when people say, “Mo’Nique, are you excited about the Oscars and are you excited about the (NAACP) Image awards, are you excited?” I’m excited anytime somebody wants to say, “You know what, we appreciate what you did.”

The birthday bunch

Actor Charles Durning is 87. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 79. Actor/dancer Tommy Tune is 71. Actress Bernadette Peters is 62. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 62. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 55. Actor John Turturro is 53. Actress Ali Larter is 34. Singer Jason Aldean is 33.


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