You never have to question if the force also known as Jenifer Lewis has entered the room. Engaging, funny, commanding, yes maybe even loud, but that's okay because unlike many people in this world, Lewis doesn't hide in a crowd; she lives out loud and inspires those in her presence to do the same.
She's vivrant, sexy and without a doubt could teach a young entertainer a thang or two about how to maneuver in this fickle business of show. She's put in "the work" for over 20 years on and off stage and screen and even carries the title of the "Black Mother of Hollywood" proudly.
From "Poetic Justice", "A Different World", "What's Love Got To Do With It", "The Brothers", "Princess And The Frog" to many more Lewis is that recognizable matriarch that sets you straight in every scene. Some may call it type-casting, but to Lewis it's those roles that have helped establish her as a house hold name in black households.
But don't get it twisted! Jenifer Lewis is a highly respected and recognizable star PERIOD, amongst white and black audiences. And currently, she's in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" with Matt Damon. In this funny yet candid interview, we discuss her newest role, upcoming projects, and the not-so-laughable topic of mental illness. Take a listen and share with me your favorite Jennifer Lewis role.