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‘They by no means paid me a dime’

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Tiffany Haddish revealed in a video interview with the Related Press that she didn’t earn a penny off her first film, even after it began airing on community tv and numerous streaming platforms following the success of “Women Journey.”

The 2017 comedy, co-starring Regina Corridor, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, served as Haddish’s trade breakout. She earned rave opinions and gained the supporting actress prize from the New York Movie Critics circle, all of which created heightened curiosity within the work she shot prior.

Haddish spoke to AP about Hollywood’s altering monetary methods amid the SAG-AFTRA strike. She revealed that earlier than “Women Journey” she starred in a non-union movie and was promised she’d be paid $1,200 {dollars}. She by no means made a cent.

“My very first film I ever did that I used to be the star in, I used to be homeless whereas I used to be taking pictures that film,” Haddish stated. “They had been purported to pay me $1,200 to do the film. I wasn’t within the union. It was non union movie so there was nothing I might do about it. They by no means paid me. They by no means paid me a dime. The producers gave me 10 DVDs and stated, ‘Promote these. Good luck.’ I by no means noticed the film.”

“Then ‘Women Journey’ comes out in 2017,” she continued. “That film is throughout BET, VH1…this community, this streaming. It’s all over the place that film! I don’t get a dime. It’s the second worst film I used to be ever in. Not a penny.”

Haddish revealed in 2020 that she acquired an $80,000 paycheck for “Women Journey.” Talking to Cosmopolitan journal final 12 months, Haddish revealed that she used her whole paycheck to complete paying off the home she purchased after the primary season of “The Carmichael Present.” She didn’t wish to waste a beat in paying off the home out of concern she’d go homeless once more.

“I began making an attempt to determine how you can create generational wealth. The quickest strategy to do it and the primary means you must go about doing it’s purchase some land,” Haddish stated. “So earlier than we even received into Season 2 of ‘The Carmichael Present,’ I purchased a home. All people instructed me I ought to wait, however I didn’t care. I simply knew I used to be going to should at all times make sufficient cash to deal with me and the home, and that’s what I did.”

Haddish continued, “Between that present’s subsequent season, the ‘Keanu’ film, and ensuring I can stay comfortably off of $500 a month, I used to be capable of repay half the home. The ‘Women Journey’ examine was the ultimate examine. Folks instructed me to spend it in different methods, however I used it to repay the home as a result of I used to be at all times afraid of being homeless once more. Now I’ve a surplus of cash,” Haddish concluded. “However I’m nonetheless afraid of being poor once more. Each film I made, I might simply purchase one other piece of land or a home.”

“Women Journey” was a field workplace hit in 2017 with $140 million worldwide on a $19 million manufacturing finances. Director Malcolm D. Lee has lengthy maintained a sequel remains to be within the works, however Common Photos has but to announce something official.

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