Nia Long: Behind the Cover

The stunning actress talks about the juggling act that is parenting and working, and what it was like to act with her son in "The Single Moms Club."

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 28, 2014
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You know, really getting back into the groove of work. It's been, I feel like a clown half the time, like juggling, trying to make sure. Like just this morning the baby was up with a temperature and, and was not well. So, I was up since five, and I got him settled, got dressed, came here, but my mom came over early and helped me. So, you know, when you think about how African villages are set up, or really any village is set up in, in smaller countries and townships. Everybody sorta helps each other. It's not just the mom doing everything or the father doing everything. There's like a committee of women who gather around when there's a new child, and there's children involved, and they just pitch in and make it happen. And so I'm just thankful that I have my mom. Yes, my little baby bundle's in the film. He was good. I was very proud of him, he auditioned for the film. I read the script and I was like, oh, wow I have a son in the film, my, the Masai's age, and I thought, well he should just audition and see what happens. So I called Tyler and I was like, what do you think? And Tyler's like, sure! And I said okay, so my mom actually took him to my old acting coach. She's basically taught me everything that I know. And she worked with Masai for about a couple days, we recorded it, we sent it to Tyler, we didn't hear anything for two days. I was like, oh god, it's not gettin the job and then finally we got the word that he got the job, so it was exciting. And I actually wanted him to be in the film for selfish reasons, because I felt I was gonna be gone for two months and I just was like, I don't wanna be away. And it sorta kinda worked out really well. It was great until he told me, mom that's not your line. Like, as the camera was rolling. It's was like, mom you just said the wrong line. I'm like, baby it's called imprompt. Just go with it, just go with me. And I'm actually gonna ask Tyler if I can have some of that footage, because it's hysterical. [MUSIC]