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09.17.18

Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Haifaa Al-Mansour And Tracey Bing Discuss Netflix's 'Nappily Ever After'

In "Nappily Ever After," Violet Jones has a seemingly perfect life and a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure. But after a life-changing event doesn't go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted. Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, director Haifaa Al-Mansour and producer Tracey Bing stopped by to discuss the powerful Netflix Original film.

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>>> HEY, EVERYONE. WELCOME BACK TO BUILD. I'M YOUR HOST BRITTANY JONES COOPER.

>> IN THE NETFLIX MOVIE "NAPPILY EVER AFTER," VIOLET JONES HAS A SEEMINGLY PERFECT LIFE BUT HER LIFE BEGINS TO UNRAVEL AND REALIZES SHE'S LIVING THE LIFE SHE WANTED TO LIVE, NOT THE ONE SHE WANTED. WE'RE JOINED BY SANAA LATHAN, LYNN WHITFIELD, HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR AND PRODUCER TRACY BING. WATCH THIS.

>> MY HAIR HAD TO BE PERFECT.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK? PERFECT.

>> YOU'RE MY GO-TO GIRL. GOOD JOB.

>> TONIGHT IS GOING TO BE THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE.

>> WHAT DO YOU GET THE PERFECT WOMAN? MEET LOLA.

>> I WAS EXPECTING A RING.

>> YOU SAID I'M PERFECT.

>> 24/7 PERFECTION. YOU NEVER LET YOUR HAIR DOWN.

>> WE DON'T WANT YOU ON THE ACCOUNT.

>> EXCUSE ME?

>> I APOLOGIZE FOR MY DAUGHTER. SHE KNOWS BETTER.

>> JUST BE YOURSELF.

>> WHO WOULD THAT BE, COMPULSIVE OR THE NOT FUN SPONTANEOUS WEAVE?

>> PERSONALLY I REALLY LIKE THE WEAVE.

>> I'VE WORKED SO HARD TO BE PERFECT AND IT STILL WASN'T ENOUGH. [ SCREAMING ]

>> YOU THINK THIS IS JUST SOMETHING YOU DID ON A WHIM? I THINK YOU'VE BEEN BUILDING UP TO IT.

>> YOU GOT TO OWN IT, GIRL. YES.

>> WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

>> TO DINNER.

>> THERE'S A WOMAN WHO'S REAL.

>> MY DAD WON'T LET ME PERM MY HAIR.

>> YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THAT.

>> THIS CRAZINESS HAS GOT TO STOP.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. THAT'S RIGHT.

>> MY HAIR WAS LIKE A SECOND JOB. NOW I'M FORCED TO FOCUS ON MYSELF. I WONDER WHO I'LL BE.

>> EVERYONE PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR SANAA LATHAN, LYNN WHITFIELD, HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR AND TRACY BING.

>> THAT TRAILER IS EMOTIONAL, RIGHT? I WATCHED THIS MOVIE TWICE THIS WEEKEND BECAUSE I FELT MYSELF TRYING TO UNPACK A LOT OF STUFF AFTER THE FIRST TIME AND I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO GO BACK BUT EVEN WATCHING THIS TRAILER I FIND MYSELF GETTING EMOTIONAL AGAIN. TRACEY, I KNOW THIS WAS A LABOR OF LOVE FOR YOU.

>> YEAH.

>> THIS WAS A PROJECT YOU WERE TRYING TO GET OFF THE GROUND FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. WHAT WAS THAT JOURNEY LIKE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO HEAR THIS STORY?

>> IN 2005 SOMEBODY SENT ME THE SCRIPT WHEN I WAS AT WARNER BROTHERS AND I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THE STORY. WE DIDN'T END UP MAKING IT BUT IT RESONATED WITH ME BECAUSE OF MY OWN CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES. I WAS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY EUROPEAN NOTIONS OF BEAUTY AND PLAYING WITH MY BLONDE BARBIE DOLL I BEGGED MY MOM TO STRAIGHTEN MY HAIR. THIS WAS A STORY THAT WAS NEAR AND DEAR TO ME ABOUT SORT OF RECLAIMING THE ABILITY TO HAVE -- TO LOVE OUR NATURAL HAIR TOO.

>> THAT'S NOT TO SAY YOU CAN'T WEAR YOUR HAIR STRAIGHT OR IN WEAVES OR WHATEVER BUT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'RE BEAUTY IN OUR NATURAL STATE.

>> SO FROM THERE AND FIVE YEARS AGO I WAS ASKED TO BUILD A SLATE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILMS AND THAT WAS THE FIRST ONE I THOUGHT OF. I THOUGHT LET'S GET THIS OFF THE GROUND FINALLY NOW. IT HAD SOME FALSE STARTS AND IT REALLY JUST CAME TOGETHER NOW WHEN WE MADE THE FILM BUT I THINK IT WAS THE PERFECT TIME FOR THIS MOVIE. SO IT WAS FORTUITOUS.

>> AND NETFLIX I THINK HAS BEEN FOCUSING ON TELLING DIFFERENT NARRATIVES AND STORIES AND WHEN I SAW THE TITLE OF THIS AND I SAW YOUR IMAGE ON THE POSTER I WAS LIKE, THEY GET IT.

>> YEAH, THEY TOTALLY GET IT.

>> THEY'RE LISTENING.

>> WE HAD TO TAKE IT FROM ONE PLACE AND TO NETFLIX AND THEY'VE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS AND THEY UNDERSTAND THIS FILM. I WAS JUST HAPPY TO WORK WITH THEM.

>> SANAA, I'VE FOLLOWED YOUR CAREER. SO MANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS, FOR ME, I HAVE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO BECAUSE YOU TYPICALLY PLAY WOMEN WHO ARE WORKING OUTSIDE OF A STEREOTYPE, SORT OF CHALLENGING WHAT A BLACK WOMAN IS SUPPOSED TO ACT LIKE OR LOOK LIKE. THIS ROLE I THINK YOU REALLY DID THAT. WHY WAS IT SOMETHING THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A PART OF?

>> JUST THE WHOLE GENRE OF ROMANTIC COMEDY IS SOMETHING THAT I LOVE. I'M A ROMANTIC AND I MISS THEM. HOLLYWOOD HASN'T BEEN MAKING THEM. SOMETHING NEW I SHOT IN 2005, THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO AND I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN THIS CAME ALONG BECAUSE IT HAD THE ROMANTIC COMEDY VIBE AND A DEEPER MESSAGE. HAIR IS JUST A METAPHOR FOR HOW SOCIETY OR OUR PARENTS OR PEERS PUT OURSELVES IN BOXES ABOUT HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE, HOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO LOOK. WE GREW UP IN A CULTURE WHERE ALL THE FAIRY TALES WERE CINDERELLA, GOLDILOCKS, ALL OF THESE FAIRY TALES THAT DON'T LOOK LIKE US, WOMEN OF COLOR. WHAT DOES THAT DO TO SOMEBODY WHO'S A LITTLE GIRL GROWING UP IN THIS WORLD, WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO HER? HOW DOES THAT AFFECT HER SELF-ESTEEM AND HER SELF-WORTH? MY HAIR IS KINKY. IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THAT. DOES THAT MEAN I'M NOT AS GOOD. THAT'S KIND OF A METAPHOR FOR STEPPING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX THAT SOCIETY PUTS ON YOU. I THOUGHT IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL STORY.

>> YOU MENTIONED THE CHILDHOOD PART OF IT. LYNN, YOU PLAY HER MOTHER, PAULETTA. I THINK THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS SOMETHING A LOT OF BLACK WOMEN ARE GOING TO RELATE TO BECAUSE THE MOTHER JUST WANTS HER DAUGHTER TO BE ACCEPTED BY EVERYONE AND FOR HER TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT IN SOCIETY AND BE PERFECT, BUT OBVIOUSLY THAT PUTS A LOT OF WEIGHT ON VIOLET.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> MOST MOTHERS BELIEVE IN AND READ TO THEIR CHILDREN THE FAIRY TALES AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. MANY MOTHERS LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH THEIR DAUGHTERS. WHATEVER THEY DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH FOR THEMSELVES THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT HAPPENS FOR THEIR DAUGHTERS. COMING FROM A SOUTHERN BACKGROUND AND A SOUTHERN BELLE MOTHER, THIS NOTION OF -- MY ATHLETICISM IS FOR NOTHING BECAUSE DARLING, DON'T GO OUT THERE, YOU KNOW YOUR HAIR WILL GO BACK. GO BACK. SO THAT WAS SWIMMING, SWEATING, YOU KNOW, HUMIDITY. IT WAS ALL THERE AND IT WAS VERY LIMITING AND KIND OF PUT YOU IN A BOX. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MOTHERS LOVE THEIR DAUGHTERS AND WANT THE BEST FOR THEM, SO IT WAS JUST GREAT TO HAVE SUCH EASE IN THIS WORK. SO OFTEN IN OUR WORK THESE STORIES AND THESE NARRATIVES COME THROUGH DRAMA, VERY DRAMATIC RELATIONSHIPS. THIS RELATIONSHIP, THERE WAS SOMETHING LIGHT AND FROTHY ABOUT IT AND NOT A LOT OF RESENTMENT, LOVING, AND AGAIN, ROMANTIC COMEDY AND A ROMANCE BETWEEN THIS MOM AND DAUGHTER.

>> IT'S A ROMANTIC COMEDY ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF.

>> EXACTLY. SO IT WAS GREAT FUN TO SORT OF TRANSLATE THIS MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP, THESE MORE MATURE VIEWS OF LOW SELF-ESTEEM WITH A DAUGHTER AND TO HAVE SANAA WHERE WE JUST SORT OF -- IT JUST WORKED.

>> THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL THING WORKED WITH ZOE TOO WHO PLAYS THE LITTLE GIRL.

>> YES.

>> TAKE ME THROUGH THAT COMPARISON OF THIS NEW GENERATION OF BLACK WOMEN WHO ARE ABLE TO MAYBE FOR THE FIRST TIME FIND LOVE IN THEIR NATURAL HAIR AND THAT SHIFT THAT WE'VE BEEN GOING THROUGH.

>> I THINK IT'S SUCH AN EXCITING TIME RIGHT NOW JUST IN TERMS OF OUR CULTURE, WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT, EITHER BEING FORCED TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE OR THEY ARE BEING MORE INCLUSIVE OF ALL CULTURES, OF ALL HUES, EVEN DIFFERENT BODY SIZES. NOW IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO DO ANYTHING BUT. I HAVE TO SAY --

>> STILL A STRUGGLE THOUGH.

>> STILL A STRUGGLE. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING BUT I'M SO EXCITED THAT WE'RE FINALLY SEEING IT. MY PRAYER WAS ALWAYS COMING UP IN THIS BUSINESS -- I'VE BEEN IN IT FOR A LONG TIME -- IS THAT I JUST WANT THE MOVIES AND TV TO REFLECT THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN, THE MELTING POT THAT WE LIVE IN. AND IT DIDN'T. I WOULD ALWAYS SAY IF AN ALIEN CAME AND WATCHED OUR MOVIES, THEY WOULD THINK WE'RE ALL ONE RACE.

>> IT'S NOT FAIR.

>> YEAH. BUT IT'S EVOLVING. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY BUT THERE'S STILL A LONG WAY TO GO STILL. AT THE SAME TIME HOW GREAT IT WAS THAT "BLACK PANTHER" MOMENT. BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF TV WHEN YOU LOOK ON THE TELEVISION, YOU SEE WOMEN WITH STRAIGHT HAIR.

>> I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS NOT JUST A BLACK WOMAN'S ISSUE. THIS IS A WOMAN'S ISSUE, WHICH IS WHY I WAS JUST SO HAPPY. AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD THINK BECAUSE WE HAD THIS -- IT WAS KIND OF AN OFFER TO DO THIS BUT OUR DIRECTOR WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH ME. SO WE HAD THE CONVERSATION VIA SKYPE AND HONESTLY, I DIDN'T KNOW EVERYTHING. I WAS IN THE CAR WITH MY DAUGHTER CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY. WE'RE HAVING THIS FACETIME CONVERSATION AND I'M SAYING, THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING, YEAH, WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO THE DIRECTOR. I'M TALKING TO HER AND I SEE HER AND I SAY, WHO IS SHE, AND SHE WAS SO SPECIFIC AND SO QUIET AND SO LISTENING. WHAT IS WONDERFUL IS THAT HAIFAA BROUGHT A SORT OF GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> ABOUT SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND THINGS. IT WAS MORE -- I DON'T KNOW HOW TO SAY IT BUT IT WAS MORE OF AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE WOMEN'S STRUGGLE AROUND THE WORLD TO FIND SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND TO BE ONE'S SELF. YOU CAN TELL THEM WHY, YOU REBEL YOU.

>> IT WAS AMAZING MEETING WITH LYNN. SHE HAD A BIG HAT. SHE WAS GIVING ME ALL THAT AND I'M LIKE, SHE'S AMAZING. SHE IS THE MOTHER. YEAH, WHEN THEY SENT ME THE SCRIPT AND I COME FROM SAUDI ARABIA WHERE WE'RE KNOWN FOR LUSH, INDIAN HAIR. WE GO THROUGH A LOT OF THINGS. I LEARNED HOW TO BLOW DRY MY HAIR SINCE FOURTH GRADE. I'M A PROFESSIONAL. I CAN DO EVERYBODY AROUND THE HOUSE.

>> GREAT.

>> IT IS A CULTURE THAT IF YOU DON'T BLOW YOUR HAIR, IF IT IS NOT STRAIGHT, YOU ARE NOT ACCEPTED. THE SCHOOL PEOPLE WILL MAKE FUN OF YOU AND YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE SOCIAL, LIKE, WHATEVER CIRCLE IT IS. I FELT IT'S SAD FOR ME TO BE SO SKILLED IN THAT THING, LIKE AT 10 YEARS OLD INSTEAD OF PLAYING GYMNASTICS OR MOVING AROUND THE HOUSE. SO WHEN THEY SENT ME THE SCRIPT I REALLY LOVED IT BECAUSE I LOVE MAKING FILMS ABOUT WOMEN BUT WE NO LONGER WANT WOMEN TO BE PORTRAYED AS VICTIMS AND THE SADNESS AGAINST US. AMAZING TO SEE VIOLET AND HER MOTHER ARE SURVIVORS, LIKE STRONG WOMEN LIKE THEY ARE AND THAT IS HOW WE SHOULD GIVE OUR KIDS MOVIES LIKE THEY SEE THINGS AND SEE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO ARE SURVIVORS AND VICTORIOUS, NOT A VICTIM ANYMORE. THAT IS THE IMAGE WE WANT TO GIVE AND WHEN I MET TRACY I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER.

>> WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE. SHE IS AN INCREDIBLE PRODUCER.

>> SO HAIFAA, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE SCENE.

>> YES.

>> THERE'S A SCENE WHERE VIOLET DECIDES THAT SHE IS DONE PLAYING THE GAME AND SHE SHAVES HER HEAD. TAKE ME THROUGH DIRECTING THAT SCENE BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS A RANGE OF EMOTION. YOU FEEL ANGRY, SAD, SLIGHTLY DERANGED. SO TAKE ME THROUGH WHY YOU DECIDED TO SHOOT IT SO CLOSE AND INTIMATE LIKE THAT?

>> ALL CREDIT TO SANAA FOR THAT SCENE. SHE CARRIED IT. IT'S AMAZING FOR ME TO WITNESS AS A DIRECTOR. WE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH SANAA GOING BACK AND FORTH NEGOTIATING SHAVING HER HAIR, NOT SHAVING HER HAIR. THEN IT WAS LIKE, SHE'S SHAVING HER HAIR! THEN WE HAD THE CLIPPERS AND TRYING THE CLIPPERS AND EVERYTHING AND SHE ONLY TOOK ONCE.

>> WE COULD ONLY DO IT ONCE. WE HAD THREE CAMERAS.

>> WE WERE PRACTICING AND SHE'S, ONE, TWO, I'M DONE. I'M DONE, I KNOW IT.

>> THIS IS IN THE REHEARSAL.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> WHEN WE WENT INTO THE -- WE HAD THREE CAMERAS SO WE WERE COVERED FROM EVERY ANGLE AND SANAA SAID I'LL TAKE IT. I CALL CUT. EVERYBODY'S WAITING. IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING PERFORMANCE I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I STARTED CRYING AND WE WERE ALL CRYING BECAUSE OF THE ROLLER COASTER AND THAT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WORKING WITH SUCH A WONDERFUL ACTRESS LIKE HER.

>> COURAGEOUS.

>> YES.

>> TAKE ME THROUGH JUST HOW YOU PREPARED FOR THAT, WHAT THAT MOMENT WAS LIKE.

>> IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE I HAD BEEN ATTACHED TO THE PROJECT FOR A WHILE BEFORE WE ACTUALLY STARTED SHOOTING. IN THE BEGINNING I WAS LIKE, OH, NO, I'M NOT SHAVING MY HEAD.

>> I REMEMBER.

>> YEAH, WE'RE IN THE 21st CENTURY. WE CAN USE A BALD CAP AND THAT WILL BE JUST FINE. THEN AS I STARTED DIVING INTO THE CHARACTER AND THE WORLD AND REALLY THINKING ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS, THE MESSAGES THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THIS MOVIE, I WAS LIKE, I CAN'T NOT DO IT. I ALSO HAPPENED TO BE IN THE TIME IN MY LIFE WHERE I HAD WHAT I CALL HAIR EXHAUSTION. I WAS OVER IT. AFTER BEING AN ACTRESS IN THIS BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO TODAY, IF I BLOW MY HAIR I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT DAY I CAN GO WORK OUT SO THAT IT DOESN'T SWEAT TOO MUCH AND ALL OF THAT, DIFFERENT SETS, DIFFERENT WIGS. ANYWAY, I WAS A LITTLE OVER IT. SO THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE ACTUAL SCENE, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE KIND OF THINGS WHERE EVERY TIME YOU THINK OF IT YOUR STOMACH GETS A LITTLE SICK, GET A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUTTERFLIES. I DECIDED I'M GOING TO GO IN AS VIOLET AND I'M NOT GOING TO WORRY -- I'M NOT GOING TO DECIDE WHAT EMOTIONS I WANT TO PLAY. I WAS LIKE, LET ME JUST LET IT ROLL. AND THE SCENE ACTUALLY TOOK TEN MINUTES. IT'S LIKE FOUR MINUTES IN THE --

>> IT'S QUITE AMAZING TO SEE IT UNCUT.

>> IT WAS NERVE RACKING FOR ALL OF US, EVEN THE CREW. EVERYBODY WAS NERVOUS. THIS WAS LIKE WE HAD ALL BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS SCENE.

>> AND WE COULD ONLY DO IT ONCE.

>> SO EVERYBODY WAS LIKE ON THEIR Ps AND Qs.

>> QUIET AND WHISPERING.

>> I WASN'T THERE THAT DAY BUT THEY'RE LIKE, YOU KNOW SHE'S GOING TO DO IT.

>> THEN SANAA GOOGLED -- DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT?

>> NO, NO.

>> SHE'S GOING TO PASS ON WHATEVER THAT WAS.

>> LET'S KEEP SOME THINGS.

>> FOR YOU AFTER THAT MOMENT, THIS IS YOUR REAL HEAD, RIGHT? THIS IS YOUR REAL BODY AND YOUR REAL HAIR. YOU DID THIS FOR A ROLE BUT WERE YOU LIKE, OH SHIT?

>> NO, I NEVER DID. WE FINISHED IT AND I WASN'T REALLY -- IT WAS KIND OF A BIT OF AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE. I REALLY DON'T REMEMBER IT. BUT IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS SUCH A LABOR OF LOVE FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED. LITERALLY THE WHOLE CREW CAME IN. PEOPLE WERE JUST HUGGING ME AFTER, LAUGHING, CRYING. LARRY SIMS WHO IS LIKE SUCH AN AMAZING HAIRSTYLIST. THIS IS HIS FIRST MOVIE. HE DESIGNED ALL THE WIGS BECAUSE WE HAD TO DO WIGS AS WELL AS MY NATURAL HAIR. IT WAS ALL ME IN THE SHAVING SCENE BUT I KEPT ASKING HIM DO YOU THINK THAT MY HEAD IS A GOOD SHAPE? AND HE WAS LIKE, YEAH BABY. I SAID WAIT, CAN YOU TELL THROUGH ALL MY HAIR? HE SAID YEAH, I CAN TELL. ANYWAY, WE DO THE SCENE AND HE RUSHES IN WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES AND HE'S LIKE, THANK GOD. I WAS LIKE, WAIT A SECOND, YOU TOLD ME. HE SAID I DIDN'T KNOW. I WAS LIKE -- [ LAUGHTER ] I COULD HAVE HAD A CONE HEAD.

>> YOU DO HAVE A PERFECT HEAD THOUGH.

>> YOU DO, YOU REALLY DO.

>> THANK THE LORD. THANK YOU.

>> I KNOW I HAVE TWO BUMPS THAT WOULD NOT LOOK GOOD. I WAS LIKE, SHE DID IT. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANOTHER SCENE FOR ME THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT WHERE THE LOVE INTEREST ACTUALLY MASSAGES HER SCALP.

>> OH YEAH.

>> IT WAS LIKE THE SEXIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN IN A MOVIE.

>> IT FELT GOOD TOO.

>> FOR BLACK WOMEN --

>> WE COULD TELL.

>> OUR HAIR IS INTIMACY, VULNERABILITY. WE DON'T REALLY LET MEN TOUCH OUR SCALP OR HAIR DEPENDING ON THE DAY. THAT SCENE WAS SO IMPORTANT AND SUBTLE AND SEXY WITHOUT BEING OVERLY SEXUALIZED. TAKE ME THROUGH THAT SCENE AND THE THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND THAT.

>> WAS THAT IN THE SCRIPT? OR WAS THAT LYRIC'S IDEA?

>> I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS IN THE SCRIPT.

>> THERE WAS A KISS IN THE SCRIPT.

>> HE USES THE OIL.

>> OKAY, YEAH. SO IT WAS IN THE SCRIPT -- HE'S A HAIRDRESSER AND ACTUALLY LYRIQ BENT WAS A REAL HAIRDRESSER AT ONE POINT IN HIS LIFE WHICH I THOUGHT WAS FASCINATING.

>> YOU CAN TELL HOW HE PUT THE OIL ON HIS HANDS.

>> YEAH, RIGHT? I THINK IN THE SCRIPT IT WAS JUST --

>> DEFINITELY PAID ATTENTION TO THAT SCENE.

>> I LOVE THIS MOVIE.

>> SHE SAID THE WAY HE PUTS THE OIL --

>> YES.

>> I THINK HE REALLY TURNED IT INTO A REAL MASSAGE BECAUSE IT WASN'T NECESSARILY THAT IN THE SCRIPT. I WASN'T ACTING. IT JUST FELT GOOD. IT WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE AFTER I DID MY INSTAGRAM REVEAL WHEN I WAS BALD, I HAD EVERY EX-BOYFRIEND I'VE EVER BEEN WITH CALL ME AND LITERALLY WAS LIKE, CAN I COME RUB YOUR HEAD? I WAS SO SHOCKED BY THE REACTION, YOU KNOW.

>> WE GO THROUGH ALL THIS FEAR THAT MEN WON'T LOVE US WITHOUT OUR HAIR, THAT OUR HAIR IS WHO WE ARE.

>> SHE WOULD SAY, YOU WON'T BELIEVE IT, LOOK WHAT HE TEXTED ME. LOOK AT THIS.

>> WE DO WRAP SO MUCH OF OUR VALUE IN OUR HAIR AND I THINK --

>> HAIR EQUALS BEAUTY. I ALWAYS SAY "LOVE AND BASKETBALL" WAS A LOVE STORY. IT'S ABOUT BASKETBALL BUT IT'S REALLY A LOVE STORY AND THIS IS THE SAME THING. THIS IS A LOVE STORY THROUGH THE VEHICLE OF HAIR BUT IT'S A LOVE STORY ABOUT SELF-LOVE AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF.

>> THAT'S WHY I REALLY LIKED THE ENDING. I WON'T GIVE IT AWAY BUT I THOUGHT THAT WAS A PERFECT WAY TO DO IT.

>> AND VERY INTENTIONAL.

>> I COULD TELL. IN ADDITION TO JUST BEING ABLE TO CONNECT TO IT, I THINK IT WAS AN EDUCATION. OBVIOUSLY AS A BLACK WOMAN I COULD RELATE TO A LOT OF THE THEMES BUT FOR A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO AREN'T THAT FAMILIAR WITH BLACK WOMEN'S HAIR BUT THEY MAYBE SAW GOOD HAIR AND THEY KNOW WHAT'S IMPORTANT AND KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY IN THE INDUSTRY I THINK IT EXPLAINS SO MUCH ABOUT BLACK WOMEN TO UNDERSTAND EVEN THE HOT COMB, WHY WE HAVE A TENUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH DISHWASHER STEAM.

>> THAT'S SO FUNNY.

>> IT EXPLAINS ALL THAT STUFF IN A WAY THAT PEOPLE ARE LIKE, YOU UNDERSTAND.

>> IT'S ALL ABOUT WATER, RIGHT? IT COULD BE STEAM, IT COULD BE THE POOL, SHOWER, ALL THESE DIFFERENT FORMS OF WATER, RAIN.

>> THE CLIP THAT THEY JUST PUT OUT -- BY THE WAY, I JUST HAVE TO SAY KUDOS TO NETFLIX. THE WAY THEY'VE HANDLED THIS ON THE MARKETING SIDE, OBVIOUSLY I'M JUST SO IMPRESSED WITH THEIR WHOLE -- THE MOVIES THAT THEY'RE PUTTING OUT BEING SO INCLUSIVE AND HAVING DIFFERENT LEADS OF DIFFERENT RACES. I FEEL LIKE THEY'RE REALLY TAKING THE LEAD AND I LOVE THAT BUT THE WAY THAT THEY'VE HANDLED THE MARKETING, I'VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND I'VE NEVER HAD SUCH SPECIFIC CARE AND THOUGHT-OUT MARKETING. ANYWAY, ONE OF THE CLIPS THAT THEY JUST PUT OUT, IT'S ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, IS THE OPENING OF THE MOVIE WHERE SHE GOES INTO THE POOL.

>> THE LITTLE GIRL STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE POOL.

>> EXACTLY. SO MANY PEOPLE WERE SO MOVED BY THAT CLIP BECAUSE IT HIT HOME.

>> IT WAS SO SIMPLE. A MOTHER IS MORTIFIED AT A PROFESSIONAL EVENT, THE FATHER AND EVERYTHING IN BUSINESS, AND THIS LITTLE GIRL DARES TO JUMP INTO THE POOL AND COME OUT WITH A NAPPY HEAD. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO A PARENT. IT'S LIKE THE BIG INSULT OF ALL TIMES.

>> FOR VIOLET, SHE GETS PICKED ON. I GREW UP WHERE I WAS THE ONLY BLACK KID SO I'VE BEEN IN THAT MOMENT WHERE SOMEBODY'S LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HAIR AND YOU'RE LIKE THIS ISN'T OKAY. IT STARTS REALLY EARLY.

>> I CAN TELL THAT YOU HONESTLY FELT THAT. I SAW THAT WASH COME OVER YOU, OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT.

>> DO YOU REMEMBER THE THING RECENTLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. I RETWEETED IT. THERE'S A LITTLE 10-YEAR-OLD OR 9-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL WHO WAS IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL AND SHE GOT KICKED OUT FOR WEARING TWISTS AND THE TWISTS WERE BEAUTIFUL AND SHE WAS SOBBING. THAT BROKE MY HEART THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

>> WE'VE COME A LONG WAY BUT THERE'S STILL A LONG WAY TO GO. PEOPLE CAN'T WEAR THEIR HAIR CERTAIN WAYS IN THE MILITARY OR CERTAIN CORPORATE JOBS. UNTIL THAT STOPS WE HAVEN'T GONE FAR ENOUGH.

>> SANAA, THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS GO THROUGH THAT HAIR EVOLUTION. YOU'VE TOUCHED ON IT IN OTHER ROLES.

>> YES.

>> BUT IT'S THERE AND IT'S IMPORTANT AND I THINK IT SPEAKS TO A LOT OF WOMEN LIKE ME WHO GREW UP BEING ABLE TO SEE YOU IN THOSE ROLES AND FEEL OKAY WITH WHO WE WERE. I REALLY LOVE THIS FILM. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND I HOPE PEOPLE MAKE THE TIME TO SEE IT AND MAYBE WATCH IT WITH THEIR FRIENDS.

>> PLEASE WATCH IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I THINK IT'S A GREAT MOVIE TO SEE WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

>> AND WITH YOUR BOYFRIENDS TOO.

>> YEAH.

>> MEN TOO.

>> WE HAVE QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.

>> HELLO, LADIES. I HAVE TO PAUSE FOR A SECOND AND SAY, LYNN WHITFIELD, YOU LOOK AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I TRULY THANK GOD FOR PRESERVING YOU THE WAY HE HAS. SERIOUSLY, YOU LOOK AMAZING. I WANTED TO ASK EACH OF YOU WHAT IMPACT HAS THAT MOVIE HAD ON YOU MOVING FORWARD AND WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM IT AND HOW WOULD YOU REMAIN TRUE TO YOURSELF NOW MOVING FORWARD?

>> OBVIOUSLY I REALLY SHAVED MY HEAD SO IT REALLY HAS HAD A BIG IMPACT. IT'S BEEN ABOUT A YEAR SINCE WE DID IT. I'VE DONE TWO ROLES WHERE I WORE MY NATURAL HAIR. I HADN'T WORN MY NATURAL HAIR SINCE "LOVE AND BASKETBALL." SO THAT WAS EXCITING. EVERY DAY IT'S A NEW ADVENTURE. THERE ARE SOME DAYS -- LISTEN, I'M CONDITIONED LIKE THE REST OF US AND THERE ARE SOME DAYS WHERE I'M LIKE, I WISH I HAD SOME HAIR. OTHER DAYS I FEEL SO FREE AND LIBERATED. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MANY NATURAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS THERE ARE OUT THERE.

>> OH, MY GOSH.

>> I HAVE A CLOSET FULL OF THEM AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO USE EVERY DAY. THERE'S SO MANY AMAZING YOUTUBE VIDEOS. I LOVE ALL THE NATURAL HAIR CULTURE THAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. DEFINITELY JUST IN THAT RESPECT IT HAS BEEN VERY LIBERATING.

>> FIRST AND FOREMOST, I ENDED UP WITH THREE OR FOUR INCREDIBLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY SISTERS AND STRONG WOMEN, WOMEN WHO ARE ABOUT THE WORK AND NOT ABOUT THE EGO OF THE WORK, SERVING, TO NURTURE OTHER WOMEN, OTHER HUMAN BEINGS. THAT FOR ME IS SO MEANINGFUL. YOU CAN END UP ON A SET AND IT'S LIKE, OKAY, LET ME STAY TO MYSELF. I'VE ENDED UP WITH THAT. LAST YEAR WHEN WE DID THE MOVIE I WAS IN MY SECOND YEAR OF NOT PERMING MY HAIR SO I'VE BEEN FOOLING WITH IT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THERE'S BEEN HEAT ON IT AND FLATIRON AND I'M LIKE, IS IT GOING TO MESS UP MY NATURAL CURL. BUT I'M TIRED OF THE SHRINKAGE. I HAVE THIS WHOLE NEW VOCABULARY. AND SOMEHOW IT BROUGHT ME CLOSER WITH MY DAUGHTER WHO ENCOURAGED ME TO STOP PERMING MY HAIR. JUST A VERY POWERFUL BASE OF CREATIVE ENERGY AND AUTHENTICITY OF PEOPLE FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND CORNERS OF THE WORLD, VERY MEANINGFUL. IT WAS EXTREMELY -- WHEN WE SHOWED UP WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. THEN TODAY I HAVEN'T SEEN HER AND WE SHOWED UP AND WE DID NOT KNOW.

>> IT WASN'T PLANNED.

>> NO, NO. IT'S SO GREAT TO BE WITH BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND NOT HAVE ANY THREAT. NONE OF THAT. IT'S BEEN SO NURTURING. THAT'S PART OF WHAT I WALK AWAY WITH.

>> I LEARNED THAT ACCEPTANCE WHEN YOU'RE OLDER IS REALLY HARD, TO UNDUE EVERYTHING THAT SOCIETY DOES FOR YOU IS HARD. IT'S HARD FOR MY TO WEAR MY NATURAL STILL. IT'S GOING TO BE MESSY AND FRIZZY AND I CAN'T. I DON'T WANT MY DAUGHTER TO GO THROUGH THAT. I WANT HER TO ENJOY HER FRIZZY HAIR AND HAVE FUN BECAUSE I WANT TO START IT REALLY EARLY.

>> YOU HAVE TO START WEARING IT. HER HAIR IS SO BEAUTIFUL.

>> IT JUST GOES EVERYWHERE. I'LL TRY TO LOVE IT.

>> I THINK SANAA HAS SOME PRODUCTS SHE CAN LEND YOU.

>> I SURE DO. SO MANY PRODUCTS.

>> I WOULD SAY I THINK THAT WOMEN CAN SORT OF WEAR THEIR HAIR HOW THEY WANT IT, WEAVE, STRAIGHTENED, NATURAL, BUT JUST TO NOT FEEL LIKE OUR NATURAL SELVES IS SOMEHOW TO HAVE SHAME IN THAT, TO EMBRACE IT AND LOVE IT AS WELL. THAT FOR ME HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE AND THROUGH THIS MOVIE SANAA KEPT SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD WITH ME. I'M LIKE, NO, I'M NOT. I THINK THROUGH THE MOVIE I'VE LEARNED -- A FEW WEEKS AGO I WAS LOOKING AT MYSELF. I HAVE EXTENSIONS AND I WAS GETTING MY HAIR DONE AND I LOOKED AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR WITH A SHORT AFRO AND I THOUGHT, I REALLY LOOK BEAUTIFUL. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER I THOUGHT I CAN EMBRACE THIS. THE MOVIE IS DOING SOMETHING.

>> THAT'S A MOMENT FOR SURE. NEXT QUESTION?

>> BLACK WOMEN SPEND MORE MONEY ON THEIR HAIR THAN ANY OTHER RACE. THE QUESTION FOR MS. LATHAN IS, HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT THE ROLES YOU'VE BEEN OFFERED HAVE CHANGED SINCE YOU SHAVED YOUR HAIR? WHAT'S THE REACTION FROM PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS AND SO ON?

>> I DON'T KNOW. I DID "THE AFFAIR" WHICH IS A SHOW ON SHOWTIME RIGHT AFTER AND I ALWAYS ASK FOR A CAMERA TEST ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT'S A WHITE SHOW AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW HOW TO LIGHT ME.

>> IT'S A WHITE SHOW. IT'S BASED IN MONTAUK.

>> I SHOULDN'T SAY IT'S A WHITE SHOW. IT'S PREDOMINANTLY WHITE CAST. ANYWAY, MY HAIR WAS SUPER LOW. IT WAS ALMOST STILL BALD AND SHE'S A PRINCIPAL IN COMPTON AND I WAS LIKE, I CAN ROCK THIS FOR HER. BUT THEN I WAS SCARED. I WENT TO KIM KIMBO WHO'S ANOTHER AMAZING HAIRSTYLIST AND I SAID I WANT A BEAUTIFUL FLOWING WIG AND I DID THE CAMERA TEST FOR BOTH. THE PRODUCERS SAID WHATEVER YOU WANT, IT WORKS BOTH WAYS. THE CREW IS A VERY MIXED GROUP OF PEOPLE BUT THAT DAY HAPPENED TO BE PREDOMINANTLY MEN AND I ASKED THEM KNOWING THEY WERE GOING TO SAY THE WIG AND THEY SAID YOUR NATURAL HAIR. THEN I DID "NATIVE SON" WHICH WILL BE COMING OUT NEXT YEAR. AN AMAZING PAINTER WHO'S DIRECTING IT. HE SAID I NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE A NATURAL. A NATURAL IS -- WE KNOW WHAT NATURAL IS, RIGHT? IT'S A LITTLE SHORT FRO. HE SAID DO YOU MIND USING IT FOR THE CHARACTER. SO HE ASKED ME. I WAS READY TO PUT ON A WIG. SO IT'S BEEN INTERESTING. I'M SURE I'LL WEAR WIGS AND WEAVES AT SOME POINT.

>> TO HER CREDIT, IT'S BECAUSE THIS IS A WOMAN WOMAN, AND WHEN SHE DECIDED TO OWN IT, SHE REALLY, REALLY DID. I THINK THE RESPONSE HAS TO DO WITH THAT AS WELL. YOU OWNED IT.

>> WHICH WE SEE IN THE MOVIE WHERE CONFIDENCE IS THE BEST ACCESSORY REALLY.

>> YEAH.

>> ANOTHER QUESTION?

>> MY QUESTION ACTUALLY IS FOR MS. LYNN WHITFIELD. YOU HAVE SUCH A LONGEVITY IN THIS BUSINESS STARTING WITH "JOSEPHINE BAKER" AND PLAYING LEADING LADIES THAT ACTUALLY I HAVE GROWN UP WATCHING AND LOVED AND REVERED AND HONORED, PLAYING THOSE CHARACTERS AS WELL AS "THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE" WHICH IS ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE ROMANTIC COMEDIES. BRINGING ALL THIS WISDOM TO THIS MOVIE AND THIS CHARACTER NOW PLAYING A DIFFERENT ROLE AS THE MOTHER AND WHAT KIND OF WISDOM DID YOU IMPART EVEN TO MS. SANAA PLAYING NOW THE LEADING LADIES THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED IN THE PAST?

>> YOU'RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR SCENE PARTNER NO MATTER WHAT. IT'S THE HUMAN EXCHANGE THAT CREATES THE MOMENT, BECAUSE I COULD BE ACTING ALL BY MYSELF. THAT'S CALLED A MONOLOGUE. SO WE DIDN'T HAVE TO -- I MEAN, WE JUST JUMPED INTO THE MOMENTS TOGETHER. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DID SEE WHICH I REALLY LOVED IS THE MOTHER COMES TO HER HOUSE EARLY IN THE MORNING TO STRAIGHTEN HER HAIR AND SHE THINKS THAT SHE'S GOING TO GET ENGAGED THAT DAY. WHEN I WALKED IN, I WHISPERED BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT THE BOYFRIEND TO HEAR. THEN SHE WHISPERED BACK AND THEN IT JUST BECAME A MOMENT. MOST OF IT IS JUST PLAYING TOGETHER AND NOT -- I DON'T THINK ON ANY SET THAT IT'S GOOD FOR AN ACTOR TO COME FROM ANY OTHER LEVEL THAN MEETING SOMEBODY TOE-TO-TOE AND BEING THERE WITH EACH OTHER. SO THAT'S KIND OF HOW I APPROACH IT ALWAYS, WHETHER IT'S AN ACTOR WITH NO EXPERIENCE. I MEAN, LOOK, IF THEY'RE THAT BAD, I MIGHT GIVE THEM A POINTER OR TWO. BUT THERE WAS NOTHING LIKE THAT HERE. THE BIGGEST THING IS WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER WHICH IS AGEISM IN THIS INDUSTRY AND HOW YOU DEAL WITH THE EGO OF BEING THE TOPLESS LEADING LADY IN BANANAS AND MOVING ON TO THE MAD WOMAN, YOU KNOW, NEUROTIC AND THIS AND THAT AND TO NOW THE MOTHER IN “GREENLEAF” AND THESE BIG-ASS GRANDCHILDREN. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE BECAUSE IT'S STILL GOING ON AND I'M NOT GIVING IT UP. BUT THAT'S FOR ME TO DEAL WITH AND TO WALK IN AUTHORITY WITH IT LIKE HELEN MIRREN DOES AND MANY TO SAY WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE STILL HAVE PASSION, DRIVE, LAUGHTER, RHYTHM AND SPICE. I HAVE WORK TO DO.

>> YOU DO IT SO GRACEFULLY.

>> THEY WANT TO TRY TO MAKE YOU A MO MO AND I'M NOT INTO IT.

>> TELL THEM, SANAA.

>> SHE'S NOT. I'M, LIKE, OLDER THAN HER.

>> YOU ARE NOT.

>> I'VE BEEN IN THIS BUSINESS FOREVER AND I'VE HAD CRAZY EXPERIENCES WITH ACTRESSES WHO ARE OLDER THAN ME WHERE I'VE MADE A VOW TO MYSELF IN MY 20s THAT I WOULD NEVER BE LIKE THAT. I HAVE HAD REALLY MEAN -- PEOPLE BE REALLY MEAN.

>> I DID TOO.

>> I VOWED TO MYSELF -- SO EVERY TIME I WORK WITH SOMEBODY THE FIRST TIME I BRACE MYSELF. THIS ONE RIGHT HERE, I JUST -- YOU'RE LIKE MY SISTER. THE REASON WHY SHE LOOKS LIKE THIS IS BECAUSE OF HER YOUTHFUL, OPEN, LOVING SPIRIT. YOU CAN'T LOOK LIKE THAT AND HAVE AN ANGRY-ASS, BITTER, CRUSTY SPIRIT. RIGHT? IT WAS A BLESSING. SHE FEELS LIKE MY FAMILY.

>> WE WERE JUST SO BLESSED.

>> SMART.

>> I CAN TELL YOU GUYS DIDN'T HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD FOR THAT RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE THE DYNAMIC READS LIKE A MOTHER/DAUGHTER. TO SEE YOU GUYS, I'M LIKE, IT MAKES SENSE.

>> AND THEN ONE LAST QUESTION BEFORE WE GO.

>> HI, EVERYONE. YOU GUYS LOOK SO GREAT. SANAA, THIS QUESTION IS FOR YOU. I'M CURRENTLY IN GRAD SCHOOL STUDYING THEATRE AND I KNOW YOU WENT TO GRAD SCHOOL TO STUDY DRAMA. I WANTED TO KNOW WHILE YOU WERE IN SCHOOL DID YOU GET AN URGE TO GO OUT AND START AUDITIONING FOR FILM AND TV? DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD A TIME LIMIT BECAUSE GRAD SCHOOL TAKES UP SO MUCH TIME.

>> IT REALLY DOES.

>> DID YOU FEEL THERE WAS A DEDICATION AND A FOCUS TO THE PROGRAM?

>> YEAH. I WENT TO YALE AND IT WAS -- I THINK IN THREE YEARS YOU DO LIKE 30 PLAYS. SO BY THE TIME YOU LEAVE THERE, YOU ARE MORE COMFORTABLE ON STAGE THAN YOU ARE IN YOUR OWN SKIN. SO IT'S THE BEST PREPARATION ACTING-WISE. THEY'RE REALLY THEATRE BASED. WHEN I WAS THERE MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF JOBS THAT I GOT. MY TEACHER TOLD ME THAT I HAD TO CHOOSE, STAY IN SCHOOL OR TAKE THE JOB. LIKE YOU CAN'T DO BOTH. THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE MORE OPEN. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO SO IT COULD BE DIFFERENT NOW. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD BECAUSE THIS BUSINESS IS SO HARD AND THERE'S SO MUCH REJECTION AND SO MUCH CRITICISM AT EVERY STAGE, EVEN ONCE YOU START MAKING IT. EVEN ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESS THERE'S DIFFERENT FORMS OF THAT. SO TO HAVE A CRAFT THAT YOU CAN FALL BACK ON AND HAVE THAT INNER CONFIDENCE, IT'S PRICELESS.

>> AND A TIME BECAUSE YOU WON'T EVER HAVE A TIME LIKE THIS AGAIN WHERE YOU -- IT'S JUST ABOUT REFINING AND HONING YOUR CRAFT AND YOUR INSTRUMENT. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ABOUT. YOU WON'T HAVE IT. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE ALL THIS OTHER PRESSURE, YOU KNOW, BUT IT'S FOR EACH PERSON TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN. IT'S A PRECIOUS, WONDERFUL, GIFTED TIME TO BE ABLE TO JUST WORK ON YOUR CRAFT WITH NO PRESSURE.

>> ENJOY IT.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> EVERYONE, THE GREATNESS THAT YOU'VE SEEN ON THE STAGE FOR THE LAST 30 MINUTES IS JUST MAGNIFIED IN MOVIE "NAPPILY EVER AFTER." IT'S SOMETHING THAT KEPT ME THINKING FOR HOURS, DAYS AFTERWARDS AND I KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT VIEW FOR A LOT OF WOMEN. THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING IT.

>> I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOU GUYS SEE THE MOVIE. [ APPLAUSE ]

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