Mo'Nique Says She Was 'Blackballed' After Her Oscar Win
"You don't let people mistreat you. You stand up for what's right," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter
Despite taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious, the actress, 47, says she wasn’t welcomed by all in Hollywood.
“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels. He said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed,’ ” she revealed in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
“I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game,’ ” she continued.
She noted in her interview that she famously didn’t campaign for her Oscar win in the year leading up to the honor. And despite a performance that proved her worth, she admitted she has a reputation of being “difficult.”
“There have been people that have said, ‘Mo’Nique, she can be difficult. Mo’Nique and her husband can be difficult.’ They could probably be right,” she said.
Mo’Nique is married to actor-producer Sidney Hicks, whom she thanked in her acceptance speech five years ago for his support and advice. She said in her remarks, “Sometimes you have to forgo doing something that’s popular in order to do what’s right.”
Ever since she played the abusive, unemployed mother in Precious, opposite Gabourey Sidibe, the Baltimore-native only has had a few small roles. There were also a few major roles offered to her by her former director that didn’t work out, including Oprah Winfrey‘s character in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, and a spot on the new Fox musical drama, Empire.
“They all just went away,” she said, referring to the offers.
Mo’Nique continues to stand her ground when it comes to facing her Hollywood critics.”You don’t let people mistreat you. You stand up for what’s right,” the actress told THR.
Daniels issued a statement to THR in response to the piece: “Mo’Nique is a creative force to be reckoned with. Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community. I consider her a friend. I have and will always think of her for parts that we can collaborate on, however the consensus among the creative teams and powers thus far were to go another way with these roles.”
Watch Mo’Nique’s full 2010 acceptance speech below.