Thursday, October 11, 2018

Angela Bassett on the November 2018 Cover of Allure Magazine

For their November 2018 'The End of Anti-Aging' cover, Allure picked the perfect cover star, Angela Bassett. On the cover which was shot by Sharif Hamza, Angela is wearing a JOSEPH PRE-SPRING 2019 suit. In the issue, she talks growing older and being a woman of color in an unforgiving culture — and how that all is changing. Continue below to read some excepts from her interview. For more on Angela's feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

GAP shirt, Stella McCartney jeans, Jennifer Fisher earrings and her own ring & bracelet.

On her black swimsuit & people asking her about how she looks:
That was surprising. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Because people have been asking her forever, What do you do, what do you eat, how do you stay...? It feels good that they wonder. You look so young. I said, ‘Hearing that is a wonderful thing — seeing as I’m 80!

On being surprised about her role for Mission Impossible:
My agent called at 7 a.m. and said, ‘They want you for Mission: Impossible. I said, ‘Mission: Impossible what? Like, the TV series?’ ‘No, Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise.’ ‘What?!? They’re going to pay me for this?

On when she picked out her college:
Looking at these pamphlets, these white kids sitting on the grassy knoll with their books... There was no idea at that point that [my mother and I] would go around to these campuses and speak to the kids. It was like, You’re going to college. Soon as you graduate, you’re outta here. Pick any college and go. Lo and behold, got into Howard — thought that’s where I’m going. A historically black college, Washington, D.C. Then Yale! You don’t get into Yale every day, and my mama is freaking out on the sofa over there. And I only have to take out a loan for 1,200 bucks.

On age:
As we advance, 60 is the new 40, or 70 is the new 50. It keeps getting pushed. But you have to keep the stress down and the attitude hot.

On liberal Hollywood:
Now we’re dealing with #MeToo. Who even knew to the degree that it was [prevalent]? I certainly didn’t know. But I wasn’t sitting in my apartment in Harlem thinking, How do I deal with the casting couch? I’m not going to suffer that. If I ever encounter that, I’m going to back the hell up. It’s like when you least expect — oh, my God, the devil! A bogeyman! My self-esteem in terms of acting is pretty satisfying. Now, I might have some other issue: Uh, my butt too big, uh, my hair too nappy, uh, my lips too big, uh, my mama too po’, you know? But in terms of [acting], I’m feeling fine. No man can come step to me with some bull like, ‘I control your destiny.

On the advice her uncle gave her:
I said, ‘Oh, Uncle Charles, I was supposed to be out here for only six months, but I’m working. And he said, ‘Baby, don’t get off a winning horse.

Credit: Allure

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