For many years, Meagan Good has been bringing characters to life onscreen, and now she’s prepared to point out you what she will do behind the digicam together with her new drama If Not Now, When? Meagan makes her characteristic codirectorial debut alongside Tamara LaSeon Bass as they spotlight the significance of friendship and asking for assist. However that is not all she’s been engaged on! The 39-year-old actor not too long ago starred in Monster Hunter, an journey fantasy movie based mostly on the favored online game.

To have a good time the discharge of her new initiatives, we sat down with Meagan to speak about life and her profession — just like the time Prince personally invited her to his house, the superstar associates she calls at 2 a.m., and why making a movie about psychological well being was so vital to her. This is what we realized:

1. What’s one factor you probably did as a child that you simply want you can do extra of as an grownup?

Play exterior and discover. I used to only like to discover any nooks and crannies in my neighborhood that I hadn’t seen, or those that I did know, I would go there and visualize the worlds with my creativeness. I undoubtedly miss doing that. I really like exploring stuff.

2. You began off as a baby actor — what’s the most important lesson you’ve realized about your self, from working within the business for therefore lengthy?

So many issues. As an actress, to belief my instincts — that they will by no means be incorrect, as a result of they’re mine, they usually’re distinctive to me. Outdoors of the work itself, I found one thing sort of comparable. My authenticity is my superpower. The extra I lean into myself unapologetically, the extra impactful I may be for the world. Leaning into who I’m has introduced a whole lot of peace, a whole lot of energy, and a whole lot of freedom.

3. Is there a film or TV present that impressed you to develop into an actor?

Halloween 4 and Halloween 5. I wished to be that little woman, Michael Myers’ niece Jamie. After I was younger, I simply thought thrillers and horror films had been so cool. The emotion that they are experiencing is without doubt one of the most heightened feelings accessible so that you can really feel as a human being, exterior of affection. Survival and worry — one thing about it’s so intriguing to me. To see a baby actor my age doing these actually difficult scenes and discovering a approach to make them attention-grabbing and never tacky, made me fall in love with performing.

4. Do you’ve an audition story that stands proud to you?

Shazam! I did not even know what I used to be auditioning for. It was traces of a bit child and no info, and I used to be instructed to return in and get it on tape. So I used to be like, “Okay.” Then afterward I came upon it was for Shazam! and I used to be like, “Oh, that film with Shaquille O’Neal?” They usually had been like, “Not Kazaam. Shazam!” After I did my due diligence, I used to be like, “Oh my god, that is superb!”

Then I came upon that I bought it! I would been actually attempting to get one thing in that area [referring to action/hero films] and I actually simply determined, like a yr prior, to get in one of the best form of my life, and begin getting ready for my position, and consider that it was coming to me. I used to be doing my job to fulfill God midway and subsequent factor you understand, I bought Shazam! Now we’re on the point of do half two: Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

5. What would you say is the most important false impression about you in Hollywood?

Individuals at all times say that they are shocked that I am good. Individuals have additionally instructed me that they are shocked that I am so regular and I am not completely positive what they imply by that. However in the identical breath, I do, as a result of I’ve met some attention-grabbing characters in Hollywood. I am like, “You already know this business is not actual, proper? Do not consider your personal hype. It isn’t an actual factor.”

6. What was your favourite behind-the-scenes reminiscence together with your Monster Hunter solid?

I am going to always remember on the second evening, T.I. and his spouse Tiny discovered this huge spider of their tent, and after that I used to be mad paranoid as a result of I do not do spiders. I am going to do snakes earlier than I do spiders. All of us moved over to our trailers and their assistant ended up sleeping within the tent. They instructed her the spiders do not actually chunk, however she ended up popping out of the tent with an enormous ol’ spider chunk. I used to be like, “Oh hell no!”

Total, it was a very, actually nice expertise. There was no Wi-Fi, so we spent a whole lot of time collectively enjoying card video games and performing out scenes. We bought to know one another very well. It was a whole lot of enjoyable.

7. Did you carry out any of your personal stunts within the movie?

I attempt to at all times do my very own stunts. Something that I can do, I simply go for it. I simply take pleasure in it loads. Now, I do not need to be on the facet of anybody’s airplane within the air, however will I do absolutely anything else? Completely!

8. If Not Now, When? comes out right this moment. What was your favourite scene to shoot?

I actually preferred the scene the place Mekia Cox’s character Suzanne admitted the rift began as a result of she was embarrassed with what was occurring in her personal life. I assumed that was actually highly effective and superbly carried out. So far as scenes that I did, I actually loved giving my testimony in remedy, as a result of my character was lastly coming to phrases with actuality and telling her fact. There’s loads I actually loved and cherished about it.

9. What’s the greatest similarity between you and your character Tyra?

In all probability the truth that she was actually exhausting on herself and felt like she needed to carry a lot on her personal. Generally I neglect to cease and ask for assist as a result of I am used to taking good care of a lot. I neglect to only say, “I am drained and I am unable to do all this proper now. I simply want a break to catch my breath.” I am studying that I need not apologize for saying that.

10. You additionally codirected the venture. What was it like having that starring position, whereas additionally directing?

After I determined to do Tyra, an enormous a part of it was as a result of I did not have as many scenes as everybody else. I actually simply wished to be behind the digicam. That was my purpose. Then it was like, nicely, at the very least I haven’t got to undergo hair and make-up as a result of she’s in rehab more often than not, in order that’ll be simple. Then it was like, you understand what, this can be a actually enjoyable and difficult character for me as a result of I have never performed this earlier than. It is fully completely different.

It was superb and terrifying on the similar time. I would do a take, my codirector Tamara LaSeon Bass would give me notes, then I would get behind the digicam and resolve if I need to give myself a be aware. We simply made it work. It was fairly superb to have two brains going on the similar time that always see the identical factor, but in addition that discover fully various things that the opposite one wasn’t even eager about.

11. If Not Now, When? stresses the significance of friendship and having folks to show to when celebrating the highs and venting concerning the lows. Is there anybody within the business you could name on for recommendation?

Sure. I imply, I haven’t got a ton of business associates — I’ve those that I really like and contemplate associates, however when it comes to my core associates, most of them have been my associates for 20-something years and we grew up within the Valley collectively. However so far as folks I’ve met within the business: Tasha Smith, who I like; Grace Byers has develop into one in every of my closest associates too, I really like her a lot; her husband Trai Byers and my husband DeVon Franklin, who folks thought had been the identical particular person for years, have develop into like brothers; Amy Correa Bell is my finest good friend in life and love; after which after all there’s Terrence J and Michael Ealy. I am positive I am lacking just a few…most likely a whole lot of people.

They’re the those that come to thoughts, that I name on, spend time with, and textual content at 2 a.m. to have conversations about life.

12. Psychological well being can also be a significant theme within the movie. Why was it vital so that you can make a venture about in search of skilled assist in occasions of disaster?

As a result of we do not speak about it sufficient. Of us are out right here getting killed with psychological sickness and we’re speaking about if they’d a knife or not. It is one thing that is not talked about sufficient, particularly within the Black neighborhood. It isn’t one thing that is being totally thought of in its entirety. It is also not one thing that we really feel snug, secure, or unashamed to speak about. I believe the dialog is opening up, however I believe we have to proceed to discover it boldly to make folks really feel and know that they will speak about psychological well being with out disgrace. Extra persons are combating it than we notice.

With this movie, it was vital for me to discover a whole lot of issues that I do not suppose get explored sufficient —like having conversations about not having the ability to have children or what if you happen to can have children, however you do not need to. Are you allowed to say that? There are all these items that ladies really feel and undergo that do not get explored of their entirety on movie. That is why I assumed this was such a particular movie and why I wished to inform this story.

13. Talking of psychological well being, what issues do you do to keep up your peace of thoughts?

I begin day by day with God. Earlier than I contact that cellphone, earlier than I do something, I stand up and pray. Then I say my affirmations over myself, learn my phrase, and begin my day. After I get into my automotive, the very first thing I take heed to is a gospel music, one thing that is uplifting and edifying to my spirt. Then all through the day, no matter is just not serving me, I maintain it at an arm’s distance. I ask God all through the day, “The place are you on this? What ought to I be doing?” The remainder I take with a grain of salt and say, “I am simply comfortable to be right here.”

14. Have you ever picked up any new hobbies or expertise through the pandemic?

Cooking extra. I am an honest prepare dinner, however through the pandemic I realized how one can prepare dinner gumbo, curry, eggplant parmesan, and every kind of stuff. I used to be like, “It is simply time to increase these horizons.” Additionally, my hubby’s love language includes doing [acts of service] and displaying effort and vitality, in order that was one of many methods I confirmed my like to him.

15. Have you ever ever been starstruck?

Have I?! After I first met Prince! I bought this name that Sanaa Hamri, who directed One thing New, wished to fulfill with me and that Prince wished to fulfill with me. Now, I am considering [says random name] Prince Johnson from Santa Monica, not Prince. So, it is the day of and I put within the handle within the GPS and I couldn’t discover the home. At this level I am 30 minutes late. I lastly discover it and buzz myself in. As I pull into the driveway, I am similar to, “Wow, this home is gorgeous.” Sanaa meets me exterior after which leads me inside the home. I instantly discover an elevator and I am like, “Who has an elevator of their home?” I’ve by no means seen an elevator in anybody’s home. Then as quickly because the doorways opened and I seen all of the crushed purple velvet, that is after I was like, “Oh my god!”

I step into the elevator and Sanaa steps behind me, and as quickly because the door closes I see the large emblem. I am like flipping out inside. We get to the highest ground and she or he yells, “Prince, Meagan’s right here,” and I mouth to myself “What the fuck?!” He has mirror panels lining the wall, in order he is coming across the nook, I see tens of millions of him. He had on these silk pajamas, along with his hair up, and these platform sandals. I am not going to let you know the entire story, as a result of I need to save a few of it for myself, however he wished to do that venture a few younger Malcolm X that was a feminine, and he wished me to play that character.

16. What’s your wildest fan story?

Yeah, I’ve seen some issues. I’ve had folks do loopy issues from breaking into my resort room and leaving me flowers on my mattress to beginning a mob and chasing me by means of a mall. However I believe if you happen to can encourage or encourage folks in any approach, then there’s one thing to actually be glad about.

17. What’s the primary Hollywood rumor you heard about your self?

One time somebody thought I used to be taking medicine within the rest room, when actually I had simply gotten into an argument with a good friend on the cellphone and I went to the lavatory crying. After I exited the lavatory folks thought I used to be performing bizarre, so that they assumed I used to be on medicine. And then you definately hear about folks you have slept with, and I am like, “Actually, I slept with them? The place was I?” However folks will consider no matter they need to consider, you simply should attempt to let it not trouble you.

18. What’s one of the best recommendation you’ve ever acquired?

It is okay to be egocentric typically. My expertise is that you simply give of your self till you have bought nothing left, to a fault. Whether or not or not it’s your feelings, your area, your funds, your time, I’d at all times find yourself feeling very depleted. It took me a very long time to be taught that you simply simply cannot give your self to all people. Simply because you are able to do it, doesn’t suggest you are imagined to, and if you do it if you’re not imagined to, you find yourself feeling empty. It is okay to say no.

19. What’s one of the best and worst factor about being a celeb?

The worst: when folks say hurtful issues or make nasty assumptions, despite the fact that they do not know me personally.

The very best: when you possibly can encourage somebody and be usable, and put one thing into the world that may assist somebody on their path.

20. What’s in your bucket listing?

Positively not skydiving, that’s not my factor! Extra world touring! Moreover that, enjoying a very cool, iconic, kickass position like Cunning Brown [a project she pitched and was in talks to do at Hulu, but unfortunately it fell through].

21. What TV reveals have you ever been binge-watching currently?

I simply completed one present known as The Wilds. I am watching Energy E book II: Ghost, P-Valley, The Undoing, after which, after all, I am a sucker for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The brand new Bachelor is Black so I am enthusiastic about that!

22. Which movie genres would you love to do extra of and who could be your dream costars?

I’d like to do extra motion, thrillers, bodily comedy, and animation. My dream costar could be…there’s so many individuals I would like to work with — after all there’s Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Giovanni Ribisi, Reese Witherspoon…there’s lots of people I would like to work with.

23. Which emoji do you employ probably the most?

😩

24. Have you ever ever saved an merchandise from set? If that’s the case, what was it and from which venture?

I attempt to take one thing from each venture. I’ve taken garments, bras, hats, footwear, gadgets from my onscreen house… I attempt to save little keepsakes, as a result of I really feel like someday I am going to have the ability to public sale them off for charity, and likewise in order that my children can have one thing someday.

25. What’s your favourite curse phrase?

I believe I’d use “ass” greater than something. Yeah, perhaps that one, as a result of I very hardly ever use the f-word.

26. What’s your go-to grownup beverage?

Rosé wine or a grimy martini with Tito’s.

27. Lastly, what does an ideal day seem like for Meagan Good?

One that’s spent with those that I really like, doing one thing adventurous and enjoyable, or simply having good conversations, after which ending the day with some karaoke.

BuzzFeed: Do you’ve a go-to karaoke music?

Sure, “I Wanna Dance With Someone” by Whitney Houston!

Be sure you watch Meagan Good in her new movies, If Not Now, When? and Monster Hunter, enjoying in theaters and on-demand now.