Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish is the latest cover star for Cultured Magazine’s 2021 fall issue.
Known for her hilarious roles in shows like Tuca & Bertie and movies like Girls Trip, Tiffany is taking on a dramatic role in a new Paul Schrader movie titled The Card Counter. As they prepare for their Venice International Film Festival debut, she and Paul discuss why practice makes perfect in the new issue.
According to Paul Schrader:
One of the interesting things about working with Tiffany is she’s a trained comedian. It’s from a lesson I learned long ago from Scorsese. In Taxi Driver (1976), we had a role that wasn’t very interesting and he cast Albert Brooks. I said, “Why did you cast Albert?” He said, “Well, the role wasn’t very good. I thought Albert would make something out of it.”
I’ve always remembered that, and over the years cast stand-ups as straight performers: Richard Pryor, Cedric the Entertainer and now Tiffany. It’s a way to take a role and put another dimension on it. A little trick I offer up.
Also because these performers want to add another dimension to their careers. I said to Cedric, “I don’t want you to be funny.” He said, “If I thought you did, I wouldn’t have taken the job.”
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For the cover photos styled by Law Roach, she rocks a pink CLAUDIA LI FW21 “Prom Queen Dress” and styles her hair in a platinum blond updo with bold lashes and glossy lip to complete her beauty look.
Read excerpts from her interview below.
On being a horticulturist
Oh my gosh. Can I show you my garden right now? We had a wonderful production of plums this year, then I got huge bell peppers growing, cayenne pepper and tomatoes. Oh, I’m growing Devil’s Breath. Horticulturists can make drugs, you know.
On challenges faced when creating on-scene intimacy
Well, I love playing imaginary. I’ve been playing it for many, many years. It helps me to escape the pain of life that happens from time to time. Have you ever played house?
Your mom and brothers and sisters, your aunties and uncles, everybody is at the house, but you’re playing house with your next-door neighbour. You’re bossing him around, saying, “You’re the husband, and you need to do this, and you need to do this.” There are people all around you, but you are playing together, right? This is the way I’ve always imagined it. The cameras are like Mom and Dad and we are just two actors playing house, playing travellers, playing whatever. [The cameras] are there, but they don’t really matter. What matters is who I am playing with. Who am I creating this slice of life with?
So with Oscar, we connected beforehand. We have got a lot of things in common, and when those cameras are right there, we were right here [motioning to eyes]. There’s a lot of, I would say, eye gazing involved. There’s a lot of paying attention to his body language, my body language.
Read the full issue on www.culturedmag.com