You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Tiffany Haddish Variety Power of Women
Tiffany Haddish Variety Power of Women

Tiffany Haddish on Who Inspires Her Most: 'Me, Honey'

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.

More Uncovered

  • Pamela Adlon Variety Cover Story

    Pamela Adlon Drops Some Parenting Truths: Your Kids 'Don't Define Who You Are'

    Pamela Adlon says while parenting is “incredible” and fulfilling, she’s learned more about its limitations while making her show “Better Things,” about a single mom of three girls. “There’s a dirty little secret that nobody talks about, but that your kids aren’t really enough,” the writer and actress said during her Variety cover shoot. “They don’t [...]

  • Brandi Carlile Uncovered

    Brandi Carlile on LGBTQ Representation: 'It's Important to Be Out in Your Music'

    “I can’t get my head around it. I feel like I’ve always been on the fringes of mainstream acceptance,” Brandi Carlile says of being the most-nominated female artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards. “It means the most that I’ve received that honor at this point in my life. Being a 38-year-old mom with two kids [...]

  • Mindy Kaling photographed by Victoria Stevens

    Mindy Kaling on How Writers' Rooms Have Changed Since 'The Office'

    Writer and actress Mindy Kaling says she’s finally seeing some change in the writers’ room nearly 15 years after she got her start on “The Office.” “The way that writers’ rooms look now versus when I started at ‘The Office’ in 2004 is night and day. I was the only woman of color on our [...]

Most Popular

Access exclusive content