Whatever differences the two may have had back then, Daniels denies ever blackballing the actress. I'm sorry that she and her husband feel that way," the Oscar nominee continued on the radio show. It was a magical, wonderful moment and for her to think that—it hurts me. She delivered for me.
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I just felt Hattie all over me at that moment, but I didn't hear her name, per se. I get asked that question a lot: How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was that it gave me a new reality. And it let me know that an award wasn't going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life. I'll ask you: How do you think the Oscar was supposed to change my life? That it made everyone respect you more — that you're not a comic who acts but an Oscar-winning dramatic actress. A force to be contended with.
What else do you think it should've changed? You know what I'm looking for. It should, and it normally does. Hattie said, "After I won that award, it was as if I had done something wrong. I thought, once you won the award, that's the top prize — and so you're supposed to be treated as if you got the top prize.
I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, "Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed. Why have I been blackballed? The next thing he said to me was, "Your husband is outbidding you. So we do it independently. We're very proud of taking the independent route, and we have a movie coming out on April 24 called Blackbird.
You know what I learned?
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Never to think what somebody else was thinking. That's a question you would have to ask Lee Daniels. Mo'Nique and her husband can be difficult. One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was "really difficult to work with. Whoever those people are who say, "Mo'Nique is difficult," those people are either heartless, ruthless or treat people like they're worthless. And that's unacceptable.
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They're set to say, "Mo'Nique is tactless, she's tacky. I come from a blue-collar town — and being from that place, you learn not to let anybody take advantage of you. You don't let people mistreat you.
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You stand up for what's right. So I can't answer why he said I was blackballed. There may be people that feel that way about me. But I respect everyone, from the homeless brother and sister on the street to the executive that sits in the highest office named President Barack Obama. I respect everyone — but we over-respect no one.
I was also approached by Empire to be on Empire. Each of those things that he offered me was taken off the table. They all just went away. But that's just part of the business, you know? I can't be upset at anybody, 'cause life is too good. It's just what it is. For each of the roles, [Lee] called me. He's always approached me first, and I'm appreciative of it, because I think he is one of the most brilliant visionaries in writing and directing.
I'll say this: Whenever you do see me on TV again, or in the movies, you'll know somebody played me fairly. People say to me sometimes, "Mo'Nique, you're trying to be a mogul. I don't want to be a lonely mogul.
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In having my conversations with Hattie McDaniel, you know what she said? There needs to be a new story told. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on.