—Ming-na Wen and Retta at NerdHQ’s A Conversation with Badass Women (x)Retta: My parents are from Liberia, and Liberians are ALL about school. It’s like, no joke. Most of them send their kids to the States to go to school because they think that’s where the best schools are, that sort of thing. And I was a math-science girl, I was pre-med. I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon.And I remember when I started doing stand up, I was like, “Shit! My mother is going to be like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me right now?’” And I remember calling my mom and saying, “So I’m going to drive to California and do the stand-up thing so I can get into TV.” And my mom, you know, she didn’t freak out like I thought she was totally going to freak out. My dad freaked out. He was like, “Please get health insurance.” That was his big thing, “GET HEALTH INSURANCE.” But my mom was like, “Just remember you’re carrying around your father’s last name. So don’t embarrass him.” She was like, “Do the best that you can. Don’t go playing. If you’re going to do, do it.” So, I dropped my last name so as not to embarrass my father.But God bless, because a lot of parents wouldn’t…Ming-na: You know, we have to talk. Because I dropped my stage last name Wen for the longest time when I did ER - which, by the way, I got to tell my mom, “I got to be a doctor for 5 years so, write that off the list.” because of same issues, fatherly things.But now, I have it back because I’m proud being who I was born as. And we have so much to talk about, girl.
im dying my heart cant take it ;;
Being a person of color, like, especially a Hispanic person, how does it feel knowing that like you’re kind of like a gateway for other actors that are of Hispanic descent? I mean like, you’re a real inspiration to people of color. Does it ever, like, lead into your character?
I remember how much her realization that she was “never going to be good enough for him” resonated with me when I first watched this movie. She decided to push herself, not to be with him, but to prove him the fuck wrong.
Strong female role models who can still wear pink and love fashion. Yes yes yes.
I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE OH MY GODDDDDDDDDD
CAN WE JUST STOP FOR A SEC THO?
HE’S INSULTING HER FOR BEING DUMB
SHE GOT INTO THAT SCHOOL ON HER OWN.
WARNER NEEDED HIS DADDY TO CALL THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET IN.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE NO ONE EVEN UNDERSTANDS.
Browsing through the tags, I feel like I’m seeing more sadness than anything. Yes, Brooklyn Nine-Nine did not get an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series and that stings, but let’s not dwell on that negativity and instead celebrate this! Andre Braugher receiving well-deserved recognition for Captain Holt is an absolutely gigantic deal in every single way!