Nia Long opens up about working with Eddie Murphy on ‘You People’ – The Hollywood Reporter
Nia Long stopped by The Daily Show, hosted by Wanda Sykes, Wednesday, to talk about her two current projects You People and Needed.
The actress plays opposite Eddie Murphy in Netflix’s Dear people, which follows a newlywed couple and their very different families, “who find themselves exploring modern love and family dynamics amid conflicting cultures, social expectations and -generational differences,” according to the streamer.
“It was wonderful,” Long said of working with Murphy. “And I was excited to finally be old enough to play his wife because, for years, it was like, ‘Oh, no, you’re too young.’ You know? And now, the men always get the younger women, so here we are. ”
She also opened up about her film, needed, which follows June (Storm Reid) as she searches for her mother (Long), who disappeared while on holiday in Colombia with her new boyfriend.
“What’s great about the film is that everything is shot with some kind of technical device,” she explained. “It’s either an iPhone, a Ring cam, a secret phone that seems to be planted somewhere , so all the rules I learned about film and television, I had to throw out the window because there wasn’t too much. There were no cuts. It was just shoot, and don’t put questions because if you ask questions, you get more confused. So I just had to trust the process.”
She recently made headlines for an interview with Buzzfeed in which she said terms like “Black Movies” and “Blackfamous” “just hold us back.” Towards the end of the episode, Sykes asked the You People actress, “Do you want to clean up that crime?”
“Yes, I mean by that, if we continue to use this idea of separation, we will continue to separate,” explained Long. “And I will always and forever keep my fist up because I understand the experience, but I also believe that the more we understand about each other, and the more we accept together, this thing called art should be representative of all. us.”