Who Is Regina Hall?
Born in 1970, Regina Hall is an American actress who's best known for her comedic characters in television and film. She got her big break in 1999's The Best Man and made an even more memorable impression starring in the popular horror-comedy-spoof Scary Movie (2000) as character Brenda Meeks, which she reprised for Scary Movie 2, 3 and 4. She also earned a recurring-to-main role on Ally McBeal and later appeared in films such as Think Like a Man (2012), About Last Night (2014), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) and the summer box office smash hit Girls Trip (2017).
Hall has an estimated net worth of $2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
'The Best Man'
Hall began her acting career in 1997, taking on small roles in television before landing her first film as the stripper Candace "Candy" Sparks in The Best Man (1999). Despite her part being small, it left an impression and quickly opened the doors to more opportunities for the budding actress such as the romantic drama Love and Basketball (2000) and the Wayans Brothers' commercial hit Scary Movie (2000), the latter in which she played the libidinous Brenda Meeks, opposite her naive BFF Cindy Campbell (played by Anna Faris).
'Scary Movie' Franchise
Scary Movie was so successful it became a franchise with the release of Scary Movie 2 (2001), Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Scary Movie 4 (2006), all of which Hall starred in as part of an ensemble cast.
"I always loved playing Brenda the most, in Scary Movie, because I love Anna Faris so much," she admitted to Cinema Blend. "I just love Cindy and Brenda. I think they're the worst friends ever. We never pick them to be friends, but they're friends, but you actually believe that they're friends, but you don't know why."
In 2002 Hall tried her hand in a more dramatic role with the action drama Paid in Full but quickly jumped back into her wheelhouse with a string of comedies — Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), King's Ransom (2005) and an all-black cast film version of The Honeymooners (2005). In 2009 she starred in the crime thriller Law Abiding Citizen, opposite Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler, as well as in the comedy Death at a Funeral (2010) with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence.
'Think Like a Man,' 'About Last Night,' 'Barbershop: The Next Cut'
In 2012 she starred in Steve Harvey's rom-com Think Like a Man and its sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014) and reprised her first film role as Candace Sparks in the sequel The Best Man Holiday (2013) — 14 years after the first film.
Adding even more romantic comedy to her resume, Hall partnered up with Kevin Hart in the ensemble About Last Night in 2014, which earned her rave reviews for her comedic chemistry with Hart. She also starred as the main love interest in People Places Things (2015), as a barren wife in the psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks (2016), and as the stylist Angie in Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), opposite Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.
But it wasn't until 2017 that she achieved one of her biggest commercial hits with Girls Trip, a story about four best girlfriends (aka "The Flossy Posse") who aim to take a relaxing trip to New Orleans to reconnect and attend the Essence Music Festival, only to find themselves involved in a few crazy disasters. Hall plays a lifestyle guru who's considered the "next Oprah." The film's all-star cast also includes Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith.
When asked how vital it is for women to have a tight core of friends just like in her film Girls Trip, Hall told The Guardian: "It’s everything. Outside of family, it’s the constant. You can be vulnerable and honest and especially when you’re not married – and even if you are – the support system of your friends to talk you down or up is vital. You need that on a personal and professional level. I don’t have a million friends who act, but I get so excited for all of them."
In 2017 Hall also starred in the Netflix rom-com Naked, which co-stars Marlon Wayans. The film is a reboot of the Swedish flick Naken (2000).
Among her biggest roles on the small screen, Hall played Coretta Lipp (2001-2002) on the hit drama Ally McBeal, first as a recurring role and later as part of the main cast starting with Season 5.
From 2010 to 2011, Hall also worked on Law & Order: L.A. as Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Price and later appeared in Lifetime's TV-Movie With This Ring (2015), ABC's Black-ish (2016-2017) and HBO's Insecure (2017).
Born on December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., Regina Hall was raised by parents Odie, an electrician, and Ruby, a teacher.
After high school, Hall went on to Fordham University and graduated in 1992 with a degree in English. In 1997 she finished up her studies with a master's degree in journalism at New York University.
A self-admitted lover of education, Hall admitted that she would've become "a professional student" for the rest of her life if it were possible. However, after the death of her father, who died from a sudden stroke in 1994, Hall re-evaluated what she wanted in life.
"[His death] pushed me into really grasping the brevity of life. And then that pushed me into [thinking]: what would I really like to do?" she admitted to Bossip. "And you know, journalism always was very interesting to me... But I had so many deeper questions, having lost a parent so young. It was after that that I decided that I would pursue acting."
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