Regina King urged swapping a scarf for a wig for a pivotal scene in her new film If Beale Avenue May Speak.
The actress walked away with the Golden Globe for Greatest Supporting Actress earlier this month (Jan19) for her position in Barry Jenkins’ new film, and in a chat with W journal, she defined how she asked the director if she might alter one scene – when her character Sharon Rivers tries to exonerate son-in-law Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt, as performed by Stephan James.
“In the book, she has a shawl. She puts the shawl on, then she takes the shawl off. And after I read the book, that sat with me,” the 48-year-old recalled. “After I had my preliminary dialog with Barry, I referred to as him, and I stated, ‘You know, I have a thought about this scene. What if it was a wig? Because what I know and what I remember of my grandmother, she had a wig that she wore when she went downtown to handle business. She had a wig that she wore when she was dressing up to be a night on the town with my grandfather.’”
Moonlight filmmaker Barry cherished the suggestion and gave Regina the inexperienced mild for the change.
Elsewhere in the chat, the star defined simply how essential wigs are for African-American ladies.
“We love to change our looks. We also feel like a new person each time we make that change,” she smiled. “We were in 1974. And that’s so much of what it was: women were deciding what jewels they were wearing, what little scarf pin to put on. All of those things and details were really important, especially in the ‘70s, and I wanted to embrace that.”