NAACP Image Award winning Actress Nia Long (Love Jones, Soul Food, Best Man, Uncle Buck) sat down with Variety’s Jenelle Riley for an amazing conversation about her first acting role, Boyz N’ the Hood, growing up in Hollywood, casting stereotypes in Hollywood, her upcoming roles, and everything else revolving around her career than spans over two decades.
“I just knew that we were on a mission. The mission was to change this life for a better one.” – Nia Long
Long is a staple actress in the black television and film community, and earlier this year was celebrated at the UPTOWN Honors Hollywood pre-Oscar gala. Most of us grew up watching her perform in classic roles such as John Singleton’sBoyz n the Hood, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Soul Food, and Boiler Room to name a few. In addition to her numerous roles in television and film, Long appeared in the video for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky, and directed Yolanda Adams’s music video for This Too Shall Pass. Most recently, she appeared in the Best Man Holiday,Keanu opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and was recently in the short lived ABC television series Uncle Buck. Long has also joined the cast of Amazon’s Hand of God which is currently scheduled to return with it’s second season later this year, and just wrapped shooting on indie feature film Roxanne Roxanne produced by Forest Whitaker.