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

- By Bossip Staff

“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

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  • 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!

  • Ara

    @ muchluv
    Does Hattie McDaniel or Whoopi Goldberg ring a bell?

  • Smoovee Sayz

    Go head on Monique!!

  • ny

    Here we goes again, we wasnt hearing nothing about her being abused before it was all about the food

  • memchee

    1 thing about monique….when she pulls her drama card; she really does a good job of displaying her acting talent.

    however, if this is really good work; I’m gonna fall out of my chair if they win an oscar.

    The establishment appear to prefer giving oscars only for the negative sterotypes that confirm their thoughts about us and our communities.

  • Mr.C

    Man she has came along way since the Parkers!!! That pic is a fool though, she look like Samual Jackson in Pulp Fiction.

  • Negative black Oscar coups!

    I would just be happy that a black person won an Oscar for a none negative role, something that isnt filled with drugs, crime, abuse, uglyness, self hating, wanting to be white, sleeping outside ones race, so on and so forth!

  • sb

    Much LOVE!!! to Monique she deserves an Oscar just for being who she is period it cant be easy in the society we live in. I see the haters never take a day off. Hatred is a waste of energy. The people you hate arent going anywhere.

  • free

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


    uhh, have you ever SEEN the list of nominees and winners? i suggest you take a look.

  • Born


    Me too…and I’m light skinned.

  • burito9245

    @ muchluv

    You represent the idiots that are quick to comment and don’t know any history behind your so called ‘thought provoking statements’.

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