Queen Latifah takes a huge risk
When Set It Off came out Queen Latifah was in a very good place career wise. She had managed to successfully transition from rapper to actor in Living Single and was taking on the role of a lesbian as Cleo. Even today, the black community can be a little hostile to the LGBTQ community, so in the ’90s it was even worse. Even though, Queen La knew she might make some people a bit uncomfortable she decided if she wanted to prove herself as a legit actress, it was one she needed to take.
You can watch what Queen La had to say about her decision to take the role in her own words, in this interview with talk show host Rolonda Watts. (Remember her?) Queen’s part starts at the 2:19 mark.
Considering the fact that critics and fans alike often praise her performance, it was definitely a good decision.