On a backward summer day in a Hollywood photo studio, extra Sanaa Lathan sat patiently in advanced of a vanity mirror and countertop abounding with brushes, bottles and containers of beard and architecture products.
She was amidst by a adorableness aggregation she trusted, celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims and architecture artisan Saisha Beecham, who fluttered about her, blow-drying her short, authentic curls and affecting up her eyeliner and mascara, all while she answered questions about her afresh appear Netflix film, “Nappily Ever After,” over the beard dryer’s connected hum.
It was a applicable setting. The film, about an ad controlling who suffers a crushing heartbreak, uses beard as a agent to appraise the accurate struggles atramentous women face.
While cutting the film, Lathan’s beard adventure mirrored Violet’s, the actualization she plays. She absolute her hair, acclimated a array of wigs and in the film’s best memorable scene, took a razor to her albino hair, atom it bottomward to the scalp. Lathan said the arena was absolute — she autonomous to barber her own beard instead of application a baldheaded cap.
“Once I did the reveal, I was aloof afraid about the response,” Lathan said. “It was about like bodies were adage I attending bigger with it.”
In one big way, however, Lathan’s beard adventure was adapted from the actualization she plays in the Netflix feature. Her mom encouraged her to embrace her accustomed beard from a adolescent age. “My mother was absolutely acceptable about instilling in me that it’s beautiful,” the extra said.
Even so, she added, “[My mom] has actual thick, coiled hair, added adjoin the European ancillary of texture, and I bethink adulatory my accomplished adolescence that I had that — OWW!”
Almost as if the beard gods were putting in their two cents, the commotion — the styling, the makeup, the account — became too abundant as the calefaction of the draft dryer got a little too abutting to her skin. “OW!”
Although briefly overwhelmed, Lathan took a animation and kept talking. Afterwards all, she knew she was with adorableness pros who accepted how to cautiously assignment with her beard arrangement and bark blush to accomplish her pop on camera.