Mo’Nique is ready to go back to school.
Before winning an Oscar for her role in Precious in 2010, the actress and comedian hosted Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School on VH1 in 2007. Her most recent stand-up special, My Name Is Mo’Nique, is currently streaming on Netflix.
In order to win a $50,000 grand prize, the show required contestants from Flavor Flav’s reality dating series Flavor of Love to acquire good manners. And Mo’Nique believes that it might be time for a relaunch more than 15 years later.
“Even though it was all of what it was, there were people to still walk away with gems,” she said. “There were people who still walked away and said, ‘Wow, that made me think differently. That made me look at that differently.’ I think that show was necessary and is necessary.”
Upon reflecting on the show, Mo’Nique realized that she still had a lot to learn.
“When I see those women now, I understand where they were coming from,” she explained. “I don’t think I was in the right place all the way to be the person to stand in front of because I was still dealing with my own issues.”
Mo’Nique joked, “I’m not telling you anything,” when asked if she would be interested in hosting again after she said she thought Charm School should return “differently, of course.”
We can dream.
The Parkers star is currently concentrating on her upcoming April 4 Netflix stand-up special My Name Is Mo’Nique. The seasoned comedian is taking it all in after a turbulent few years that included public arguments with Precious director Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey.
“This moment is different because we had to fight for it,” she noted of the special, which she produced with husband Sidney Hicks. “We had to take a stand for it, we had to speak out loud for it. This moment is different because my husband and I together stood side-by-side and we wouldn’t go away. We wouldn’t back down. We had to do what we had to do to get to this moment right here.”
And for the Bessie actress, who has twin sons Jonathan and David with her husband, experiencing it all with her complete family is the finest part.
“For my husband and I to sit down with our sons, it will be the first time they’ve ever seen their Mommy do stand-up,” Mo’Nique added, “and know that their parents did that.”
My Name Is Mo’Nique is available now on Netflix.
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