Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

Regina King: Divorce. I would like to believe that most people don’t get married anticipating divorce. When I reached that crossroad, I felt like such a failure. After years of therapy together, I realized that staying together was emotionally destructive. My husband didn’t want the divorce, but I did. So there was a lot of bitterness initially. Once we got to the space where we understood that we have the most important thing in the world in common; no one else shared that commonality. Our son is priceless, and in order to give him the best, we have to be better to each other. Although we are still divorced, we still call each other “family.” It was a journey to get there, but it’s a beautiful place to be.

RP: What inspires you?

RK: My family.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

RK: I try to turn most things into an exercise. Sometimes, I can’t get a workout in, so I will do things like park further away at the grocery store or take the stairs. It may not be much, but I’ve convinced myself it does something. Mind over matter. Ha! But my regular workouts consist of hiking, Cardio Barre, and light weight training. I try to eat well, but I don’t deny myself the foods I love. I just eat them in moderation.

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

RK: I don’t think something is a failure if you put your all into it. I’m a big fan of the saying, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”

RP: What projects are you working on?

RK: In addition to my role in the new ABC drama American Crime, I’m also directing for episodic television series, such as Scandal for ABC and Being Mary Jane on BET.

Regina King is well known for her roles in feature films, including Jerry Maguire and Ray, as well as the television drama Southland. Regina can be seen in the new ABC series American Crime and has stepped behind the camera to direct an episode of ABC’s Scandal.

Photo: Kirstin Knufmann

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