As a part of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actress roundtable, Regina Hall opened up about refusing to do a particular joke on her Showtime comedy, Black Monday.
The show isn’t afraid to go there with its jokes, but there was one where Hall drew the line, and she spoke about it during the roundtable which also features Tiffany Haddish, Jane Fonda, Natasha Lyonne, Alex Borstein, Maya Rudolph and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
She said, “There was a joke, and I can’t remember, but it was a joke I think about drugs and it was about Whitney Houston, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to say that. Artists give so much … and so to make fun of what was a challenge and an illness. … The great thing about our writers is they were like, ‘Absolutely. We’ll just do something else.'”
She also spoke about portraying a character that you don’t think of as far as ’80s Wall Street. Hall said, “It was great to be in the ’80s and be successful, and be in a world that, no matter what color you are, a woman who’s Spanish, Black, white — they just weren’t really in Wall Street, and they still really aren’t, so to represent a demographic that’s not normally present in a world even today was fun. For her to be as cunning and sharp and as wild and unapologetic, and she’s as gross as the men. I like to be able to do that because I find that most women who I know are like that. They’re quite fun and quite delightful and quite smart and dirty and a little raunchy and all things.”
Watch a clip from the roundtable below:
Black Monday, which also stars Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells, is set for a second season that will premiere in 2020.
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