Name:
Regina Hall
Birth Date:
December 12, 1970
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height:
5' 8''
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Actress
Education:
New York University (earned a master's degree in journalism in 1997)
BIOGRAPHY
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Scary Movie Girl

Background:

"It's definitely different in the industry for a Black woman. I always beg my agents to start pitching me as a white man. And they say, 'Okay, we'll try.' When they were making all those karate movies like 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,' I was like, 'Make me an Asian man.'" Regina Hall.

First noticed while playing a stripper named Candy in "The Best Man" (1999), Regina Hall was would later be popular among moviegoers as Brenda Meeks in the “Scary Movie” films (2000; 2001; 2003; and 2006). Pretty and versatile African-American actress also played significant roles in "Love & Basketball" (2000), "Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003), "King's Ransom" (2005), "The Honeymooners" (2005), "Danika" (2006), "First Sunday" (2008), and "Superhero Movie" (2008). She will next be seen in an upcoming comedy movie called "Mardi Gras."

On television, Hall is widely remembered as Corretta Lipp, a law associate of Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry Paul during the fifth season (2001-2002) of FOX award-winning comedy-drama starring Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal." She also has appeared in the TV movie "Disappearing Acts" (2000), which earned her a Black Reel nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and has guest-starred in "Loving," "New York Undercover," and "NYPD Blue."

More personally, the 5' 8'' screen beauty has been dating actor, screenwriter, and producer Damien Wayans since 2001.


Contractor and Teacher Daughter

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of a contractor and a teacher, Regina Hall, not to be confused with the Caucasian erotic actress of the same name, was born on December 12, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia. She is of African American descent and has Native American ancestry. She is from the same Metro Area as Martin Lawrence, Alan Heitz, Dave Chappelle, Mya, Sandra Bullock and Dwayne Winstead.

Regina attended Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and earned a master's degree in Journalism from New York University, New York, New York, in 1997. She is of Native American and African American descent. In college she earned a degree in journalism from N.Y.U. before starting a film career.


Malibu's Most Wanted

Career:

Entering the showbiz at age 26 by appearing in commercials, Regina Hall launched an acting career after completing her master study at NYU in 1997. She began appearing as a guest in an episode of the ABC soap "Loving" and FOX police hit drama "New York Undercover."

After appearing in the independent comedy "Too Tired to Die" and the independent drama "Tears of a Clown" (both in 1998), Hall was cast in "The Best Man" (1999), writer/director Malcolm D. Lee's romantic comedy/drama starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, and Morris Chestnut in which she played Candy, a stripper. She followed it up with a supporting turn as Lena, the prissy sister of a female basketball star (played by Lathan), in writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood's romantic drama film "Love & Basketball" (2000; also starring Omar Epps). She later admitted she is inspired by actress Alfre Woodard, saying "She played my mother in 'Love and Basketball.' She's a very generous actor. Her biggest tip was, 'Take your time when you're getting ready for a scene, and don't let anyone rush you.' Working with her was sheer joy."

Hall was shot to fame in the new millennium when she co-starred as Brenda Meeks, the feisty girlfriend of a football player of ambiguous sexuality, in Keenen Ivory Wayans-directed teen horror/comedy, "Scary Movie." Hall, who was 30 years old at the time, played a high-school character, which was very believable. She would later reprise the role in its sequels, "Scary Movie 2" (2001), "Scary Movie 3" (2003), and "Scary Movie 4" (2006).

Meanwhile, Hall guest-starred in an episode of ABC Emmy Award-winning police drama "NYPD Blue" and was featured in the HBO original movie based on Terry McMillan's novel, "Disappearing Acts" (2000; with Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes), for which she was nominated a Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also joined the cast of FOX award-winning comedy-drama starring Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal." Playing Corretta Lipp, a law associate of Robert Downey Jr.'s Larry Paul during the fifth season (2001-2002) of the show, Hall received an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Back to the wide screen, Hall co-starred with Mekhi Phifer in writer/director Mandel Holland drama comedy "The Other Brother" and in Charles Stone III-directed fact-based crime drama "Paid in Full" (both in 2002). She then played the female lead, as Shondra, in John Whitesell's comedic feature film "Malibu's Most Wanted" (2003), alongside Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs, and Anthony Anderson.

"The great thing is that having done one of my first movies with the Wayans, I was used to improv. And on ’Malibu’s Most Wanted,’ Anthony improv’d the whole time on ‘Malibu’s’ so I was used to him. And then I worked with Mike Epps who always improv’d. You’ve got to be prepared to just go off the cuff with those guys. [Laughing] Guys like that, they never stick to script. They’re funnier than what’s written." Regina Hall.

2005 saw Hall reunited with Anthony Anderson, playing his mistress Peaches who helps him to stage a mock kidnapping, in first-time director Jeff Byrd's comedy film "King's Ransom." To get into the character of Peaches, Hall revealed, "I watched ‘Some Like It Hot’ with Marilyn Monroe and I kind of looked at how everybody thought she was so sexy but she was so unaware of it. I kind of wanted to make her not overtly sexy, kind of unaware of her [appeal]. She doesn’t have much else going for her but I wanted to make her unaware of that."

She also commented on her director, saying, "He was amazing and I think that was a big part of how much fun we had. He and Anthony together, they just set the tone. It was such a nice environment. We had a good time."

That same year, Hall was also cast opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps, playing Epps' wife Trixie, in the big screen remake of the groundbreaking TV series, "The Honeymooners," and appeared in David Frigerio's 25-minute short comedy film "Six Months Later."

In 2006, Hall won Best Actress Award at the San Diego Film Festival for playing the psychiatric who treated the title character (played by Marisa Tomei) in "Danika," a drama/thriller directed by Ariel Vromen which premiered at the 2006 CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas. Also in that year, she co-starred with Shane West, Leelee Sobieski, Rade Serbedzija, and Eric Balfour in Marius Balchunas' drama/comedy "The Elder Son."

Moviegoers recently caught Hall in "First Sunday," writer/director David E. Talbert's crime/comedy starring Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, and Loretta Devine, and "Superhero Movie," writer/director Craig Mazin's spoof of superhero films in which she portrayed Mrs. Xavier.

Hall will next be seen in an yet untitled Cedric the Entertainer project and in the upcoming comedy movie directed by Phil Dornfeld, "Mardi Gras."


Awards:

  • San Diego Film Festival: Best Actress, "Danika," 2006

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