Insecure actor Sarunas J. Jackson has confirmed that comedian Tiffany Haddish tried to slap him when they first met. But don’t worry, it was all in good fun.
The actor, who plays Dro on the hit HBO series, revealed to Bossip that Haddish was ready to smack him after enjoying a few drinks at ESSENCE Fest last year.
“Yeah, that was me,” he said. “Tiffany’s a good friend of mine. She plays around a lot, as you know, but that was our first interaction, ever. We were at ESSENCE Festival last year, and she was like, ‘I can tell you like to get your ass beat… and I was like, ‘I’m Sarunas.’”
Insecure creator Issa Rae was the first to speak about the hilarious incident during a sit-down last week with the hit web series, Hot Ones — though she refused to mention who it was that Haddish came after.
According to Rae, the incident happened at a party she was hosting in her hotel room after a screening of Girls Trip at ESSENCE Fest 2017. Haddish, who was enjoying a couple of drinks, kept gunning for Jackson all night.
At one point, the comedian told Jackson that he looked like he liked to get slapped.
“Well actually I don’t like to get slapped,’” Jackson responded, according to Rae. “And [Haddish] was like, “Yes you do!”
But Rae noted that Jackson’s retelling of the story made it seem like Haddish tried to hit on him, “which tells me that he actually likes to get slapped,” she laughed.
As for Jackson, he said that it’s all love with Haddish: “I love her and I am so proud of her. She is doing amazing things”
One of those “amazing things” is the recent announcement that Haddish will be performing an hour-long stand-up comedy special for Netflix. She will tape and premiere the special next year.
“Tiffany Haddish is a force,” Netflix Vice President of original documentary and comedy Lisa Nishimura said Tuesday in a statement. “Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.”