From the Fox hit TV series 911 to the box office blockbuster Black Panther and NOW Mission Impossible: Fallout, Angela Bassett is having one heck of a year. But … that’s not stopping her from looking back at some of her other impactful and iconic work.
While talking to HipHollywood in Paris, France for the world premiere for MI6, Bassett revealed what film she wished good have gotten a sequel.
“Oh Waiting to Exhale, I would have to say,” she gushed.
According to Bassett the Forest Whitaker directed flick starring herself, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon and the late Whitney Houston was not only a box-office success grossing approx. $81M worldwide, but it also paved the way for other African American female ensemble films like … Girls Trip.
“Waiting To Exhale was one of those films that was led by four women and after that we began to see more films follow suit because it did so well, because there was a thirst and an appetite for it,” she explained.
To her point, just a year after the release of Waiting to Exhale came Set It Off which starred another crop of talented females: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kimberly Elise and Vivica Foxx.
Laitfah and Pinkett-Smith would go on to star in the 2017 box-office smash Girls Trip, and Bassett is thankful audience some 20 years later still want to see women of color in powerful roles on screen.
“We’ve seen that appetite satisfied this year with Black Panther,” she explained. “So sometimes there’s an appetite for what we haven’t seen before — representation of ourselves on screen.”
As for a sequel to Waiting to Exhale? The 59 year old mother twins, Bronwyn and Slater, said sadly after the untimely deaths of two of the film stars Gregory Hines and Whitney Houston, all talks were halted.
“Life goes on and souls go on,” said Bassett sadly. “Two of our most beautiful souls went on to glory, now they are singing and dancing in heaven.”
Mission In Possible: Fallout hits theaters Jul 27.