Although Tiffany Haddish looks up to influential women like Oprah and Lucille Ball, she says someone else was her biggest inspiration in her career.
“Who inspired me when I was coming through, breaking through into the industry? Me, honey,” Haddish says. “I inspired me. I woke up every morning and told me that I could do it. ‘You can do it Tiffany, get your ass up. Call the comedy club, go down and stand in line at the comedy club, Tiffany.’ Yeah that was me.'”
That’s why she tells younger people that in addition to believing in themselves, they need to put in the work every single day to achieve their dreams. Haddish also says that now she has a platform, she wants to use it for good. The “Girls Trip” actress has worked with organizations like Unusual Suspects Theatre to encourage kids in at-risk communities to perform, grow their confidence, and be kept “out of jail,” which is what she says the arts did for her.
“To be in entertainment, is also to be in a seat of power. You’re able to communicate with the world and inform people about things. And I think it’s important to use that power because men do it all the time,” Haddish says.