Mo’Nique Discusses Her Family, Sexual Abuse, and Her Oscar Buzz from the Movie “Precious”

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“Precious” is getting Oscar buzz all around:

While Mo’Nique may be known for her sassy stand-up comedy and larger-than-life personality, at her home just outside of Atlanta she is simply “Mommy.” “When we’re at home it ain’t ‘action and cut,'”says the mom of 4-year-old twins, Jonathan and David, and a 19-year-old son, Shalon. “It’s just like a playground in our house – nothing but fun and love.”

But when she took on the role of an abusive mother in the film Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire, the actress set her current contentment aside and recalled a much harder time in her life. In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Mo’Nique opens up about the sexual abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her eldest brother – and how she channeled that experience onscreen. “Coming from being molested as a child, when [director Lee Daniels] said, ‘I need you to be this monster,’ well [I] knew who that monster was,” she says. Now, critics are pegging Mo’Nique, 41, as a possible Oscar nominee, but that doesn’t phase her. “Any buzz I’m appreciative of,” she says simply.

Via People


  • gg

    first good luck

  • CoCo

    First ! ! !

  • CoCo

    Damnn ! ! lol

  • QT&FAB!

    Dang ! I’m number three

  • Cynthia

    Be great if she gets nominated! I may tear up

  • Khristal

    Claim it…just claim it

  • muchluv

    I would be happy if a black actress nominated for or winning an oscar would NOT be light, bright and damn near white…

  • gg

    the end is very sad.. sorry

  • Tracey

    Just looking back at all the oscar’s black people have won over the years, anything positive, besides some diesease, gangland violence or sexual abuse?

  • x

    Another academy award for the portrayal of a crazy black person. Move over Denzel, Halle, and Forrest, and make room – plenty of room – for America’s favorite big girl,Monique. SMH.

  • Sanjor

    @1TruDiva, just wanted to let you know you are truly an inspiration. I like your attitude and confidence. I have a sister-in-law who has just been diagnosed with colon cancer. She is only 38. I have told her that having a positive outlook and attitude will help, along with having family support.

  • Marquis de Sade

    According to Box Office Report: Opening at 18 locations, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire was able to grab an impressive $1.8 million. Thanks to overwhelming critical support, the Lionsgate release is bound to post impressive numbers as it expands to more locations in the weeks to come.

  • yo

    I hope the bring it in more location.

  • Dennis

    Let’s hope this is good.

  • lurker

    Mo’nique should get the Oscar. She was fantastic in this!

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