Earlier this week, Precious director Lee Daniels spoke to CNN about why he believes that Mo’Nique has experienced difficulty securing work following her Oscar win. According to Daniels, the actress got in her own way.
“What I said to her was–we were on the campaign and she was making unreasonable demands,” Daniels told Don Lemon. “I think that there were demands that were made from her on the ‘Precious’ campaign that everyone knows about, that hurt her. And I told her that.”
Yesterday, Mo responded to Daniels during a separate chat with Lemon and she seems to disagree with her friend’s perception of her situation.
“It shocked me… I was yelling at the screen, ‘Don, please ask him what the demands were!’” she said of Daniels’ interview. “There were no demands, there was a request from the movie studio that I fly to France for the Cannes Film Festival. I simply said, ‘I respectfully decline.’”
According to the actress, she declined because she only had a few days of “downtime” and she wanted to be home with her family.
“When they called, I had a couple of days downtime and I wanted to spend that with my husband and my kids,” she explained.
She went on to say that Lionsgate continued to pressure her, and after they called for the third time asking what it was going to take to get her to the festival, her husband and manager asked: “Is there a number associated with it?”
They, of course, said no, as actors aren’t usually paid to promote films that they’re in.
“What people didn’t know was that I was paid $50,000 to do the movie ‘Precious.’ It really wasn’t about the money and I am not complaining because I signed up to do it with my friend.”
The actress also shot down previous claims that she was blackballed.
“The phone was ringing and the scripts were coming. When people say, ‘Mo’Nique, where have you been?’ it’s not that I haven’t been on TV or in the movies because I’ve been blackballed as Mr. Daniels has said, the offers just didn’t make sense, Don. So again, the phones didn’t stop ringing and the scripts didn’t stop coming, but the offers that were associated with them were offers that made me say, ‘Guys, I can’t accept that because if I accept that and I won the award, what are my sisters being offered who didn’t win the award or wasn’t nominated?’”
Check out her full interview below. Thoughts?