Regina King, a three time Emmy winner (two of them for American Crime, is also going to be a big part of this season’s awards circuit thanks to her work in If Beale Street Could Talk. Playing Sharon Rivers, the strong-willed mother of a pregnant daughter (KiKi Layne), King has received nominated for a Critics’ Choice and a Golden Globe Award. She also won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for her work in the feature, which is based on the James Baldwin novel.
Before she landed the role, King read the script and the book for preparation (and as a way to impress director Barry Jenkins). The pair used Apple’s FaceTime for their conversation, as King was vacationing in Mexico and Jenkins was in Montreal. “It was supposed to be a quick, 30-minute FaceTime-versation (laughs),” said King. “I think we ended up being on there for an hour (or) an hour and change.”
Click on the media bar to hear King talk about the families who play central roles in If Beale Street Could Talk:
Now playing in select theaters, If Beale Street Could Talk is now playing in theaters.