In the latest issue of InStyle magazine, Queen Latifah is interviewed by Tracee Ellis Ross.
During their super interesting convo, Latifah revealed her most difficult role was playing the gay character of “Cleo” in F. Gary Gray‘s classic film, Set It Off.
When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in Set It Off, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, “Listen, I’m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.” They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.
Queen Latifah also shared with Tracee Ellis Ross why she’s such a huge fan of Solange Knowles.
I’ve been a fan of Solange Knowles from the beginning. The biggest artist in the world is her older sister, yet she never relied on that. It doesn’t matter to me if the masses know who you are. I care about how you behaved when you were broke and whether you’ve stayed loyal to the people who rolled along with you back then—that’s the good s—.
Read more of this great interview by visiting InStyle.