Best Man Holiday actress Melissa De Sousa gets her model on for Rolling Out..
Melissa De Sousa Covers Rolling Out Magazine
Best Man Holiday actress Melissa De Sousa is glad to be back in the limelight and enjoying the success of the much anticipated Best Man film sequel since it’s release last month. Melissa recently sat down with Rolling Out Magazine for a quick chat about the state of black films today, her experiences as a minority actress in Hollywood and more.
Check out a few interview excerpts below.
via Rolling Out
What’s the difference — positive or negative — in black cinema now and 15 years ago?
I think it’s positive. We had to start somewhere. Those stories in the past needed to be told. Everything gets better with time. I feel like now it’s getting back to those great [director] Spike Lee days, more diverse, more intelligent [films].
You shouldn’t underestimate your audience. I feel like it’s changing for the better. There are roles for all types of movies. I mean you still want to watch the urban movies and they need to be told. You still want to see something you haven’t seen before. Like everyday movies like The Best Man. The movie didn’t have to be played by African American people; it is a movie that everyone can relate to.
You have a unique look. Have there been any advantages or disadvantages in getting parts and dealing with Hollywood?
Tons of rejection … [so] much I can’t even count. I mean most of the time [I get] more “nos” than “yeses.” I never really had anyone say anything real horrible to me. I had to prove myself.
I remember when I auditioned for Hustle & Flow, which is the one [movie] Terrence got his nomination for. You know they thought I was “too pretty” and I wouldn’t be able to play a down-on-her luck s*ripper. But I begged them to see me. You know I went in and did my thing. I ended up screen-testing. The person who got it was Paula Jai Parker. I think Regina Hall also screen-tested. You know I had to fight for them to even look at me in that way, because they thought I was too nice and would not be able to get gritty and dirty.
You have to prove yourself because people always want to put you in a box. I am just the one not to do that to.
Melissa also opened up about the low points in her career and even admitted to collecting unemployment at one point. Hit the flip to read about that and check out a few more pics from her Rolling Out spread.