T. R. Causey –Blackdoctor.org
“A lot of people have this misconception that I do stand-up or that I do comedy and I’ve really never done stand up or comedy. I’ve only studied acting and I’ve been able to build a comedic character,” actress Regina Hall says about doing her latest film, “When The Bough Breaks” with fellow actor, Morris Chestnut.
Her and Morris worked together when fans saw her in her breakout role nearly 20 years ago. Hall, a D.C. native and Immaculata graduate, made her film debut in 1999 playing a stripper named Candy in “The Best Man.” She enters a penthouse suite bachelor party for Lance (Morris Chestnut), concealed by other dancers, and we see a flash of her face before she disappears into another room.
Candy is the star of the show, with her own entrance music — Cameo’s 1986 hit “Candy” — as she comes out in a bustier and thong covered by a chain-like skirt. It was a tricky scene; by definition, bachelor parties are raucous, raunchy affairs, and this was a bachelor party for an all-star pro running back. It was undoubtedly the scene that net “Best Man” its R rating. At the same time, Hall had to show enough restraint that Julian (Harold Perrineau) is motivated to follow her into the street and quote Audre Lorde at her because he’s instantly head over heels for her. She ends up being his date for Lance’s wedding.
Director Malcolm D. Lee recalled Hall’s audition for the part. “She had a sweetness and an innocence about her,” he said. “Her reading was more impressive than her dancing.”
Year after year and role after role, Regina has been steadily climbing the Hollywood ladder of success and people are loving her.
Some know Hall because she played Brenda in the Scary Movie franchise. Others may know her as Candace from “The Best Man” franchise, or (yet another) Candace from the Think Like a Man series. Either way, the point is, you know her and from the looks of it, she’s not going anywhere either.
And when it comes to family, Regina keeps them close too. While getting her master’s degree in journalism, her dad died in 2004 of a stroke. Her mom had one a few years later, but fully recovered. Now her mom is battling another disease that Hall has educated herself on and is right there with her mother in the fight.
“My mom was diagnosed with scleroderma about six years ago,” confesses Hall. “It’s a condition that affects the skin and some other organs, and can take several forms. The type my mom has is called CREST. Each letter stands for something. C-calcinosis, R-Raynaud’s, E-esophageal dysfunction, S-sclerodactyly and T-telangectasias.
“When my mom was diagnosed, I didn’t know much about the condition. But Dana Delaney, who is an actress and now a friend of mine, put me in touch with Bob Saget. Bob had made a television movie about scleroderma years ago because his sister had died from it. That was back when they didn’t even know what it was. Anyway, Bob had a group called the Scleroderma Research Foundation, so I donated to that and my mother even went to the doctor Bob had suggested, who happened to be over at Johns Hopkins. He’s been great.”
“It’s taught me a lot about the brevity of life. It’s taught me not just about being alive but being conscious of your health. You want to thrive while you’re here. Knowing I have a history of strokes in my family makes me much more conscious of what I eat. It puts a real spotlight on taking care of yourself.”
So when she’s not acting or volunteering for stroke victims, what does Regina like to do?
“I love to hike. I go up Reseda [Blvd. in Los Angeles] or there’s a great hike up Fryman [Canyon Park in Los Angeles]. I love yoga and I used to do it constantly until I pinched a nerve in my back. Now I do Pilates. I go to SRF and do meditation — it’s called Self-Realization Fellowship. It’s a very beautiful meditative service. The energy of the place is very serene. When I leave, I feel recharged.”