“Watchmen” star Regina King covers the December 2019 issue of Essence Magazine photographed by J.D. Barnes.
ON HER FACE DURING HER OSCAR WIN: “I was thinking, Okay, it’s happening; it’s happening, so what’s your face going to be? Then I looked over at my mom, who is the epitome of grace, and I just knew I’d have the right face, regardless of the outcome…”
ON HER ROLE AS “SISTER NIGHT” IN WATCHMEN: “It was a gift to have something else that I was passionate about, because at the end of the day, it comes down to the work and the art…”
WATCHMEN’S DAMON LINDELOF ON WORKING WITH REGINA: “I have this rule about not working with the same actors project to project, but even in the writers’ room, we were accidentally referring to the character as Regina instead of Angela…She’s so much more than number one on the call sheet. She’s a natural leader and an inspiration…”
ON CHOOSING HER ROLES OVER THE YEARS: “About five or six years ago, I kept hearing people ask, ‘Are you Rhonda?’ and I was like, ‘Who’s Rhonda?’ Then I realized they were talking about Rhonda from A Cinderella Story… I would say that I’ve tried to listen to the voice inside…Luckily, from a very early age, I was able to understand that when things don’t feel quite right, that was probably not the role for me…”
Cover: Y/Project Gown | Mateo Necklace (Worn as a Bracelet) | Stefere Jewelry Ring
Image: Ralph & Russo Gown | Stefere Jewelry Rings | Zaldivar Paris Ring | Maxior Ring
Styled by Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald
Hair by Larry Sims
Makeup by Latrice Johnson
[Photo Credit: J.D. Barnes/Essence Magazine]
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