*If you’ve ever wondered why you didn’t see Mo’Nique in a high profile role or in any role for that matter after she won her Oscar for the Lee Daniels directed “Precious” in 2010, we now know the answer.
The comedienne and dramatic actress penned a very candid essay for the Hollywood Reporter that broke it all down. It covered how how she was treated by Hollywood after the win and her relationship with Daniels. Speaking of which, she writes that the man who’s now enjoying super success with the Fox TV show “Empire” let her know that she had been blackballed because she didn’t “play the game”… as in she didn’t do any Oscar campaigning. As we recall, that’s pretty much how it happened. And it sounds like Mo is still not ready to acknowledge that’s what’s expected.
“I thought, once you won the award, that’s the top prize—and so you’re supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize,” Mo’Nique wrote.
She also found out that just because you have friends in high places, like Daniels, it doesn’t guarantee you will work. She says she was removed from three of Daniels’ projects.
“I was offered the role in ‘The Butler’ that Oprah Winfrey played,” she says. “I was also approached by ‘Empire.’ And I was offered the role as Richard Pryor’s grandmother in [Daniels’ upcoming Pryor biopic]. Each of those things that he offered me was taken off the table.”
If you’re wondering what Lee Daniels has to say in response to Mo’Nique’s essay, he released the following statement:
“Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through ‘Precious’ were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on. However, the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”
Read Mo’Nique’s entire essay here, at the Hollywood Reporter.