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Regina King opens up about refusing to compromise her integrity as she slays InStyle cover shoot

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Actress Regina King poses for pictures in InStyle magazine
Regina King graces the cover of InStyle’s February issue (Picture: Christian Cody/InStyle)

Regina King is officially a ‘Bada** Woman’ in Hollywood as she slayed on the cover of InStyle magazine.

The One Night In Miami director opened up about being a ‘bada**’ as she revealed how trusting her instincts has helped to shape her 30-year acting career.

The 49-year-old admitted she doesn’t have many notable regrets about her career as she mused: ‘I think a bada** is someone who beats to the tune of their own drum. It’s a person who takes risks.

‘I’m sure if I sat here and thought about it, I could think of others, but what comes to mind is that the biggest risk I took career wise was not to take any jobs outside of L.A. when [my son] Ian was about 9-years-old.’

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She continued: ‘When he was younger, he’d travel with his mom from set to set. I wanted to stay home and ensure that I was not going to miss games, miss watching him grow. I think that was a risk. I know it was a risk because of the reaction of my agents when I said that.’

The Watchmen star insisted she makes sure she’s always choosing what’s best for herself as she told the publication: ‘Whatever is successful is for that artist. What works for me doesn’t work for Meryl. What works for me is that I am not making lateral moves, that I am on an upward trajectory.

One Night In Miami director Regina King posing in a green dress
The first-time director looked back at how she’s carved out such a successful career (Picture: Christian Cody/InStyle)

‘A lot of this I’m discovering along the way, but I am not compromising my integrity. I’m always continuing to dream.’

When asked what she wanted viewers to walk away with after seeing her directorial debut, Regina stated she wanted ‘every Black man I know and love to see themselves in the film… I saw them when I read the script.’

The Boondocks star explained how she wanted to showcase the men’s certainties and insecurities as she added: ‘Some could look at [those themes] as subtleties, but they are the big-ticket items I want people to leave with.

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‘That nobody is perfect, and we are just trying to do our best. While these men are legendary, they were trying to do their best. It’s as simple as that.’

There’s already a lot of Oscar buzz for the project which is an adaptation of the Kemp Powers play of the same name.

The film follows Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke through a night of celebration, conflict, fellowship, and moral and political epiphany after Clay beat Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight boxing championship title.

One Night in Miami is available to stream on Prime Video from January 15.

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