"Girls Trip" may be all about the importance of sisterhood, but that doesn't mean men can't learn a thing or two from watching it this weekend either.
Though the summer comedy is packed with hilarious (and extremely raunchy) behavior women can most certainly relate to, the cast says it could also be an eye-opening experience for the guys who check it out, too.
"I think they're gonna be looking at [their girlfriends] different, like, 'Babe is this what you do when you go away with your friends?'" Regina Hall told TooFab. "'Is this why you come back so happy?' Or, 'Baby, did you really used to act like this?'"
Co-star Tiffany Haddish echoed that sentiment, explaining that it's important for men to encourage their other halves to "spend time with her girls so that when she comes home, she's not all bogged down with stress."
"When you get with your girls, it's an opportunity to release some pressure. The debauchery that happens in this movie is not necessarily something that happens on all girl trips, but to be able to spend time with your friends and be able to talk about things that are going on and just be able to laugh and giggle and silly and be girls again is amazing for a woman who probably works 2 jobs and taking care of kids," she continued.
"It's hard to be a woman," Haddish added. "All the stuff you gotta do to be a woman on a daily basis is a lot of work and to be able to cut loose every now and then is very healthy."
Keep reading for the full TooFab Q&A with the two stars, as they talk about how black women are being presented on film today, which character they relate to the most and who was checking edges on set.
This is a great movie for women, especially black women. Do you see a shift at all with how the black community is being represented in Hollywood?
Regina: Yes, as there are more of us behind the scenes, it allows the details and accuracy of the presentation to be a little more accurate. I think studios are willing to financially know they can take a chance and bank on that. What we tried to do, even though it's led by four African American women, we tried to make scenes that would surpass that audience and include all women and men.
Tiffany: I definitely feel like they're realizing where the dollars are and who wants to be entertained. It's not just the angry black woman or the deprived black woman in this movie. I feel like it's all women being represented, not just black, but I feel like any woman can watch this movie and relate to it and any man can watch it and definitely relate to it too.
Which character do you relate to the most?
Regina: I definitely relate to [her own character] Ryan. I'm kind of a little more reserved and I think a lot. I majored in journalism, my masters is in journalism and she's written a book. I don't have kids yet, so I think I resonated the most with Ryan. But I have a dirtier mouth.
Tiffany: [Laughs] That's funny, you know it's mine! I definitely don't have no kids, so I don't relate to Lisa [Jada Pinkett Smith] that much. I understand her plight, I have friends like her. I have friends like all these women, so I understand them all, but I relate to Dina most.
How important was it to be filming during the Essence Music Festival?
Regina: It was certainly challenging, but I think it set the tone and mood of what we were able to capture in the movie. To be here during the festival, getting those shots during the concerts, you got that elevated feeling and elevated energy. I think it made a huge energy difference.
Tiffany: It was so much fun shooting here. The only thing I did not like was how hot it was and how, out of nowhere, it would rain. But actually being part of the Essence Festival was super fun. Like, I know how famous Queen Latifiah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall are, but to see all that love, how much people love them is like, it filled my heart up. It's amazing to see how supportive people can be. It's beautiful.
Regina, how much love do you still get for the Scary Movie franchise?
Regina: I gotta tell you, people love Brenda. There are people that still quote lines and I'm like, I don't remember that line! It's wonderful to have a character that's kind of iconic. And Brenda's so crazy. I know Anna and I, when we would be on set, we'd always say why are Cindy and Brenda friends? They couldn't be more polar opposite. Cindy is dumb and Brenda's so ghetto. I always had so much fun playing the character and the fact I got to do it 4 times and I love Anna so much. Cindy, I just love it. I've done like 20 movies in-between and they'e like Brenda! It's great.
And Tiffany, what can we expect from your upcoming Showtime comedy special?
Tiffany: You're gonna hear about me being in foster care, it's basically the 60 minute version of my life, from the hood to Hollywood. How did I get to where I'm at right now?
Tiffany, you've been through a lot to get where you are, what's the best advice you can give to someone trying to make it in the industry?
Tiffany: Figure out what it is you love and once you figure that out, start doing one thing towards that goal every day. Whatever it is you're trying to do or achieve, do one thing every day towards that goal and you will achieve it. Make sure it's something you really like and love doing, otherwise it's work. for me, this is not work, I'm doing what I love to do.
Regina, What's something we should ask Tiffany about?
Regina: Ask her who's the one on set to check edges.
Tiffany: Regina checks all edges! Regina is on edge patrol. She checked everybody's hairline and she grades them and she is very, she is jealous of Queen Latifah. She's always checking her edges!