Tiffany Haddish on Why She Turned Down Popular Movies Like ‘Top Five’

After her hilariously memorable role in Girl’s Trip, Tiffany Haddish quickly became a household name. Starring in popular movies and TV shows, the actress and comedian has built a successful brand for herself. But, like most actors, Haddish had been working in the entertainment industry for many years before she became famous. And while she’s certainly in high-demand right now, she’s been getting offers for roles for years.

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In a recent conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Haddish got candid about how Hollywood sees her as an actress in comparison to how she sees herself. The Night School actress revealed that she says no to lots of projects that do not particularly speak to her. But, turning down movies is hardly a new tactic for Haddish. In fact, it’s been something she’s been doing for years.

Tiffany Haddish said no to high profile movies like Get Out and Top Five

Most fans know that Haddish famously turned down the hit movie, Get Out. But, she also turned down the 2014 comedy Top Five starring Chris Rock. “You know, when I first hit the scene, I was offered a lot of roles where they want you to expose your breasts. I remember that movie that Chris Rock did and it’s like he meets the two girls and they have a threesome and then Cedric gets in there and he’s supposed to ‘blah’ all over their faces — just let that baby batter go all up in their face,” Haddish began, recounting a particularly racy scene from the film.

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Haddish shared that she had no interest whatsoever in the role they were trying to cast her in for that movie. “And it was like, ‘Tiffany, they’re offering you the role.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t want that role. I’m a stand-up comedian and I don’t let people do that in my face in real life, so why would I do it in this movie?’ Like, you ought to have a little bit of respect for me, period. God made this face for a reason, and you’re not going to disrespect it,” the Nobody’s Fool actress shared about choosing to say no to Top Five.

The actress is clear about the projects she wants to be involved in

Haddish also revealed that sometimes she has to put her foot down with people who represent her. She’s made it clear that she’s not willing to compromise on her standards and morals. If her agents, managers, or other representatives feel as if they can go against them, it can certainly be cause for termination. According to Haddish, even super high-profile movies have no place on her resume if they don’t align with her personal beliefs.

“I feel like sometimes my representation tries to get me to go outside my lane, and if it is against my morals — and I do have some, I know I’m a little wild, but I do have standards — then somebody might get fired. It’s like, I’m a company, I’m a brand, and if you try to go against the policy of the company, you might not need to be working here anymore,” Haddish stated candidly. We certainly commend Haddish for being discerning about the movies and projects she’s involved in. It’ll be interesting to see what she chooses to do next.