‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’ Premiere Hosted by Lionsgate
School of Visual Arts Theatre. September 8, 2009. By Nina Mandell and Helin Jung
What do you do on set to let loose?
“Ride a Segway. It’s a lot of fun because I’m walking by throwing water balloons and paintballs at people. I’ve got the serious side that takes it to work and then we just have fun.”
—Taraji P. Henson
Who is more intimidating to work with—Tyler Perry or Simon Cowell?
“Neither. Both of those guys are so nice. And I know who I am and I’m cool with myself and all I want to do is spread love so I get it back.”
—Mary J. Blige
Would you rather hang out with Tyler Perry or Madea?
“Tyler. He’s given me a lot of pearls of wisdom. He’s down-to-earth, and he’s spiritual. Madea can just make you laugh, but Tyler can give you advice.”
—Hope Olaide Wilson
Is Tyler Perry the next Oprah Winfrey?
“Yes. He’s real. I think that’s one of the things that people love so much about Oprah.”
—Ashford & Simpson
What’s the cutest “bad thing” your fourth-grade son has done recently?
“He was on set today and he asked one of my co-workers, ‘When you’re at the club, do you back that thang up?’”
What is your life goal?
“I dream about being like Mr. Perry, because I look up to him a lot. I’m just his No. 1 fan. It’s a dream come true to finally get to work with him.”
What would be your ideal movie role?
“Here’s the scene: I’m a comedienne, and Justin Timberlake is a comedian ... and we make out. The end.”
—Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe
Do you know Tyler Perry’s secret to multitasking?
“I don’t know. I wonder that myself, I really do. I don’t even know if he sleeps. He shows up in the morning, and I’m like, ‘Uh. Weren’t you in the Bahamas last night?’”
Did you do anything bad growing up?
“I spent six months out of the ten-month school year in detention. We had this place called the rubber room where you could just bounce off the walls and one teacher would just sit there all day and there were no windows. You were only allowed out to go to the bathroom.”