Sanaa Lathan Shares Candid Memories About How Working On ‘Miserable Sets’ Helped Inspire Her Directorial Debut

The most current wonderful actor to go into directing is Sanaa Lathan for On The Come Up. The flick is a coming-of-age dramatization based upon The Hate U Give writer Angie Thomas’ publication of the very same name. Following the starlet’ over 25 years in the market, significantly in contemporary timeless movies like Love & Basketball, Blade and also Alien vs. Predator, Lathan shared just how her experiences caused supporting the cam and also helming a function for the very first time. 

When CinemaBlend talked with Sanaa Lathan regarding On The Come Up, which is currently in movie theaters and also streaming with a Paramount+ subscription, the 2022 Emmy-nominated actor shared what motivated her to change right into a larger function in her Hollywood job. In her words: 

I dealt with numerous wonderful supervisors, my wishing to guide most likely came a lot more from collaborating with supervisors that I really did not love [laughs] sadly, and also I will not call those, yet, yeah, simply for many years you understand, ‘Oh wow. I have a point of view. I have a vision for this.’ I’ve been so honored and also privileged to be able to star in numerous motion pictures where you get on established all the time, on a daily basis for several years. And that per se is an education and learning. So yes, I’ve had both the experience of individuals that I wanna resemble and also individuals I do not wanna resemble.


Often we speak about the favorable impacts that contribute in leveling up in life, yet there are numerous circumstances when we come to be individuals we want having unfavorable experiences and also not wishing to really feel the pain we’ve really felt prior to. Sanaa Lathan obtained truthful regarding collaborating with several supervisors in the previous she didn’t have a delightful time collaborating with, together with recognizing she had her very own eye for lagging the cam to bring an imaginative vision to life on movie. Lathan proceeded:  

I recognize for sure that the supervisor establishes the tone for the collection and also I’ve gotten on a great deal of unpleasant collections, sadly. And I’ve gotten on collections that are wonderful, where you seem like a household and also there resembles a power and also going in the direction of informing the tale from every element. And I desired individuals to be satisfied to find to function, to be thrilled to find to function. And when they’re made with the flick to have warm memories therefore for me, it was extremely vital to establish a terrific tone and also maintain everyone boosted and also thrilled in the direction of the informing of this tale.


Lathan, that just recently gained Emmy recognition for the first time for guest starring on HBO’s hit series Succession, together with voicing Catwoman in the Harley Quinn series, shown to CinemaBlend that she actually made an initiative to make her stars seem like a “family” and also in a total excellent atmosphere as On The Come Up’s supervisor. When I talked with among her young celebrities, Miles Gutierrez-Riley, he resembled Lathan’s hopes also. Gutierrez-Riley claimed the actor/director was “extremely nurturing and supportive” to them, whilst likewise “challenging” them to climb to the celebration throughout among his very first acting jobs. 

On The Come Up celebrities novice Jamila Gray as Bri, a teenager that has ambitions to be the following wonderful rap artist. Sanaa Lathan draws dual obligation, likewise playing Bri’s mom, that is having a hard time to attend to her kids after the murder of her hubby. The flick, which likewise stars Method Man and also Mike Epps, complies with the teenager as she locates viral popularity and also just how she browses being a young rap artist in the market. 

On The Come Up, which has actually discovered favorable testimonials in general on Rotten Tomatoes, remains in movie theaters and also streaming currently. 

Sarah El-Mahmoud


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