Last week, Mo’nique made headlines with an essay on The Hollywood Reporter where she stated that after her Oscar win for “Precious” she was blackballed. What was even more interesting is that her so-called friend and “Precious” director, Lee Daniels, was the person who dropped the news on her. Mo’nique then claimed she was pulled from various projects Daniels had control over. The actress said Daniels told her she failed to “play the game” and didn’t campaign while promoting the 2009 drama.
Now speaking about the drama is Sheryl Lee Ralph. In an interview on “Access Hollywood Live,” the veteran actress had a lot to say.
“What’s interesting about that is, she didn’t campaign. I wonder, do you think that they would blackball Tom Hanks for not campaigning for a movie?” Ralph asked. “The game is different for women.” She forgot to mention “black” also.
“We don’t know what was going on with that person,” Ralph said. “She might have been in a state of her mind where she said, ‘I cannot go out there and do this with all these people without causing harm to myself.’ We don’t know what was going on in her mind.”
Ralph also offered a few words of advice to Mo’Nique, when it comes to resurrecting her career, especially after being labeled ‘difficult’.
“A whole lot of actors are difficult. And there’s a whole lot of actors who are mean and terrible, but they work all the time,” Ralph said. “It goes back to who likes you, who wants to be in your kind of crazy company. Who wants to give you money in hopes they’ll get something back on the return on your madness. And sometimes you just need to shut up, sit there and look pretty … But I think this is a setup for a comeback.”
“Now, when she comes back she better be as tiny as you,” Ralph said. “She don’t need to be Mo’Nique anymore, because obviously what she was did not work. So she better come back brand new. That’s what they’re waiting for. And if a big-time producer says to you, ‘You have been blackballed,’ what he is really doing is looking at you and saying, ‘You ain’t never working with me again.’”