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Meagan Good Talks Being A Sex Symbol, Racism In Hollywood And Playing Aaliyah

Are you comfortable being a sex symbol?
Um, on screen I am to a certain extent. I think it’s important for women to feel empowered and to love themselves. I grew up super nerdy, super skinny, buckteeth, big ole afro and yet I had a sense of confidence about myself, like, ‘they just don’t get it yet.’

Would you ever do another music video?
I would do a music video for strategic reasons. If it’s one of the hottest artists out and one of the hottest songs playing on the radio I would do it simply because a music video is just a national commercial. It’s being played a couple hours, every day of the week for however long it’s playing.

What current song would you have considered being the leading lady for its video?
I would have loved to have done Usher’s “Oh My God.” It just seems like it would be so much fun. I didn’t even know it was him when I first heard it.

 


“When [Hollywood writers] write a fantastic script for a leading lady they don’t say ‘Let’s get Joy Bryant or Meagan Good.’ They say ‘Let’s get Naomi Watts or Hillary Duff.’”
 

There are a ton of very capable African-American actors in Hollywood––you being one. With all this talent why is there a deficiency of quality roles for black actors?
I think racism is definitely very much alive. When [Hollywood writers] write a fantastic script for a leading lady they don’t say “Let’s get Joy Bryant or Meagan Good.” They say “Let’s get Naomi Watts or Hillary Duff.” It’s unfortunate but at the same token as a black woman it gives me so much to fight for. It makes me want to create movies for the young girls coming behind me that are gonna work just as hard as me and are gonna have just as few opportunities. We deserve our
Monster or our Little Miss Sunshine.

Do you see Tyler Perry as helpful or a detriment to this problem?
I see him as a help to it. I think he’s creating a lot more opportunities for us. I think a lot of his movies have a lot of truth to them. I’ve heard other things that people have said and I don’t think they realize how many jobs he’s creating; that his movies are quality movies and they’re entertaining and funny. There’s also a spiritual message to his movies. He’ll continue to evolve. I think people are so quick to hate and run to the finish line with what they think of him as an artist.

Now you’ve done it all from the mainstream blockbuster, the big blackbuster, low-budget flick, indie noir etc. So what is Meagan Good’s defining role?
Well it was to do Aaliyah’s life story but I’m thinking I’m getting to an age where I may be able to pull it off but…when she came out she was 15-years-old and whoever plays her I think should play her from 15 to age 22. Now I have my eye set on somebody else but when I talk about it I feel like I gives people the opportunity to give negativity to it so I’ll keep it to myself until it becomes closer to a reality. It is someone’s life story who is iconic in this day and age and has a crazy amazing life story.
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On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix.

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