Nia Long Responds to Rumors of Drama on ‘Empire’ Set & Clashing with Taraji P. Henson
Actress Nia appeared on TV One’s “Uncensored” Sunday night. During her episode, Nia addressed criticisms she received over being perceived as difficult to work with.
It’s been reported Nia and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson allegedly faced off on the “Empire” set over her perceived treatment of the show’s make-up artists. She was also accused of being difficult on the set with other cast members.
Nia responded to the rumors and defended her reputation.
During the episode, Nia Long said the following:
When I started really working as an actress, there were about four of us. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Halle Berry, Regina King and Jasmine Guy. But the women that I was in constant competition with, mostly it was me and Jada.
I was like, “Oh. Do you want the brown skin spicy girl, or do you want the light-skinned spicy girl?”
Which one do you want?
And if you look at the history of film during that time, you will see how we were divided. But, we both contributed something to this industry that… It simply states, and says without being said, we opened doors for brown girls to be exactly who we are. And that’s beautifully complicated.
And so it’s been a blessing and a curse, because here’s what I do know:
Nia Long knows her light, Nia long knows her makeup, Nia Long knows her hair. And you probably can’t talk me into something else, unless you show me.
If you want to call that difficult, then… sorry.
Check out the clip below.