Many of us think we’d do just about anything to avoid being homeless, but for Tiffany Haddish staying with a man just to keep a roof over her head was a no-go — much to Kevin Hart’s confusion. Haddish was recently interviewed by Vanity Fair and during the conversation she talked about her relationship with her upcoming Night School co-star and how back in the day he loaned her money when she was sleeping in her car.
“He saw all the stuff in my car,” Haddish told the mag. “He had like this long discussion with me, you know? Basically like, ‘You’re a beautiful woman. You could stay with any man. Why don’t you just stay with a man, like?’ And I was also like, ‘I’m not sleeping with nobody for a roof over my head. I’m just not that type of person.’
“And Kevin was like, ‘Oh, that’s real commendable, look at your homeless ass.’ And he gave me $300 and told me I shouldn’t be sleeping in my car. He was asking me where I was sleeping. I told him, ‘Beverly Hills. If Imma be homeless, I’m gonna be homeless in the best area.’ I would park my car in Beverly Hills and I would sleep over there, and the police would come every morning and make me move. That was like my wake-up call. I got to know a lot of police officers like that.
“Kevin gave me $300, told me to get a room for a week, and I was like, ‘I don’t know where you can get a room for a week in Los Angeles for $300, that’s impossible.’ But I got me a motel room, and he told me to write out a list of goals and start doing something every day toward those goals.'”
Haddish said she followed Hart’s instructions after renting a room that you could get by the hour. “I just wanted to take a shower, take a little nap, write out my list,” she said. “I wrote: Get myself an apartment. Do these things, all these people I wanna work with, everything. I pretty much tackled almost all those goals.”
The very next day, Haddish got a phone call and was offered an apartment– though not the best accommodations. “I go look at it, and it’s like the most raggediest apartment you could ever imagine, it was just nasty and disgusting, roaches everywhere, cigarette stains in the carpet, the walls are all yellow from whatever, whoever was living there before smoking so much,” she explained. “It was just disgusting. The stove was full of roaches and the refrigerator was broken. It was all bad. The guy was like, ‘It’s $550 a month,’ and I was like, ‘It’s perfect! I’ll take it!'”
Now Haddish and Hart are having a full circle moment, co-staring in the upcoming Will Packer-produced flick. And even though Hart’s $300 was a loan, Haddish said whenever she tries to repay the comedian he won’t take her money.
“When he sees me, he says he’s so proud of me and stuff. And he’s always giving me the best advice. And I try to listen to him. Sometimes I don’t. And then I’ll be like, ‘Dang, I should’ve listened.’ . . . Sometimes he gets on my nerves ’cause he tries to play the brother and tries to clown, but for the most part he’s an awesome dude. I mean he gave me a job on Real Husbands of Hollywood, and I kept trying to give him his $300 back. He’s like, ‘I don’t want that money. You keep that money. If I need you to be in something else, you just make sure you can do it.’
“Then, when I got Night School and we were working on it, I tried to give him the money back again. He’s like, ‘I don’t want your money. Just know your lines and be good in this damn movie.'”
We’re sure she’ll definitely do that.