We notice that you are both wearing wedding rings…
Lathan: Hmmm…[laughs] I think YBF did a whole thing where there were some pictures. It’s all been very much approved by the studio. I get bored on set and I’ve been having fun with the pictures and stuff. But I’ve been very specific about what I’m posting. It’s funny to see the comments because people are like, “You’re spoiling the movie!” But I’m not giving anything away.
Hall: It is, but it isn’t. There’s so much in the movie that people don’t realize that even though they are finding out small bits there’s so much that they are not finding out.
Lathan: They ain’t seen nothing yet.
How are you guys different as married women?
Hall: I’m still a hoe [laughs]. But no, we’re married, I have kids, I’m a mother, not a dancer anymore. I’m an education and Murch (Harold Perrineau, who plays Hall’s husband) works in education. And Robin (Sanaa Lathan’s character) is about to be a mother. We’re close friends in the movie.
Lathan: Yes we are…that takes a lot of work.
Hall: Oh, that’s my best acting [laughs].
Lathan: And Robin…she was really kind of searching [in the first movie] and she was a caterer. So now she is working for Marcus Samuelsson and his Harlem restaurant and she’s a very dedicated chef. I think that’s a little bit of point of contention with her and Harper [Taye Diggs] because she’s very pregnant and he wants her to take it easy, but she’s passionate about her cooking.
Have you guys noticed the growth amongst you guys as far as your craft goes vs. the first time?
Lathan: I feel for Malcolm [laughs]. We’ve all been working the whole time, which I think is amazing that nine people nobody has gone crazy, nobody has died, nobody has moved to another country…
Hall: Or on drugs…
Lathan: You know what I mean? That we are all still in the business doing it is amazing. I just think we probably test Malcolm a little bit like, “Okay, why you doing that shot?”
Hall: That was my first movie…
Lathan: And it was one of my first movies. We were all just so excited to be there. Now we are like…
Hall: Malcolm, you are not going to get to this shot…can I go to my trailer? [Laughs]
Hall: I was much more greener back then. The first time you are creating a character. This time the character is created. We are also coming with our own ideas of these characters. [The audience] knows who we are and that makes a difference.
Lathan: It’s just so fun. It’s a real reunion.
Hall: Instead of crying I have to make sure I don’t laugh.
Lathan: We laugh and just joke to the point I feel so unprofessional. We all live pretty much in the same building and if not a block away. They’ll come over and watch American Idol or The Voice, and it’s just like there is a whole other life outside of shooting that has been so fun, right?
Hall: Yeah, it’s fun. When we come to work we have to be serious, but even during scenes [we laugh].
Lathan: It’s funny when you are friends with somebody…we haven’t worked together for a long time, so to look at someone and say, “Oh, she’s acting.” [Laughs] It’s just weird, it’s just funny. I’m friends with Taye; she’s friends with Taye; I’m friends with Nia [Long]. We’ve all pretty much kept in touch socially so it’s a real treat.
Could you talk about how The Best Man changed your life? Some actors in the film, like Morris, were already known, but for most of you this was your biggest role.
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