5 Questions: Morris Chestnut & Regina Hall

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9.14.16

5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –
when-the-bough-breaks

Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall play a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. They hire a surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in her deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

SD:  Being members of “Black Hollywood,” are the roles and opportunities getting better for black actors and actresses?   

MC: To me, I think, just to be able to be working in Hollywood for a sustained period of time, whether black or white, in general, is definitely a blessing.  I definitely think the opportunities are increasing and they’re improving in terms of television.  I still feel that we could be doing a little bit better in films in terms of opportunities, but there are opportunities, nonetheless, in both.

RH: Yes, and I agree with Morris.  I think it’s a work in progress, but it’s always a blessing to be working and that ideally, things continue to evolve.

SD: Morris, you’re executive producing and you’re starring in the film. How was the overall experience? 

MC: It wasn’t my first time, but it’s always a great opportunity to be an actor in front of the camera.  To be able to have some type of input into the overall process beyond acting is something that I’ve been continually trying to do more of. I really enjoy it.

SD: Regina, your character, Laura Taylor, seemed to her woman’s intuition or was she naïve to just put so much trust in this woman with her child? 

RH: If you like a guy so much your woman’s intuition may not kick in because your desire for what you want is bigger, so you may not pay attention to the details and the raised red flags.

SD: The subject matter of this film is dark.  What would you say was the most difficult part of filming?  

RH: Well, it’s really an emotional journey when you’re dealing with issues as sensitive and heart-wrenching as surrogacy and fertility issues.  Just starting from there is already a lot to handle.

MC: Doing a film like this where, like she says, it takes an emotional toll on you, as an actor to have to be in that space day in and day out, it’s really draining.  It was a relief to be done with it.  I was definitely looking forward to doing something fun and light-hearted after we wrapped.

SD: Both of you have been very successful in transitioning between film and television.  What do you think has been the key to your success and to your longevity? 

MC: I think one of the things that I feel is an element of success is that you are always courteous and respectful of the people you work with.

RH: I just think looking and picking the right parts and materials. It also helps when you work with some really great people. I always try to choose material that somehow connects with me.

When the Bough Breaks is in theatres now.


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