Nia Long is featured on the cover of JET Magazine, and in the issue she talks about maturing, and what it really means to be grown. Nia Long’s interview really stands out because so many young celebs are talking about how grown they are and they’re barely in their twenties. I remember thinking I was grown in my younger years because I didn’t have to answer to anyone, but now, I realize grown is NOT about doing what you want, when you want; it’s about being the best person you can just because.
I know who I am as a person and as a woman it’s a lot different from who I was at 20.
So check out what Nia Long has to say about friends, love, and turning 40 when you continue…
On friends in the industry:
My social circle is a little bit different and so much better. You know every now and then you go through your Black Berry and go, ‘OK, is this person really worth taking up my megabytes?”‘ (Laughing)
On her success in Hollywood:
I’m very direct, always has been. But I think motherhood and maturing has definitely given me a level of compassion that is a lot more constructive, in terms of dealing with people…business. I just think I have a lot more insight on life and people. I live my life with INTEGRITY and HONESTY and sometimes it can be mistaken for arrogance, but it’s not arrogance at all.
I have more patience with things of value in my life and less patience for the nonsense.
On maturing into a grown woman and mother:
…It tickles me. I’m like, wow, I wasn’t even a mom then. I was just a young girl and I thought I knew everything and I’m such a different woman. It’s a moment in time where you can really reflect on who you were and that’s why film is so great because it’s timeless.
It does feel like yesterday [The Best Man], but then it feels like, ‘Who is that person I’m looking at?’ Forget about the character I’m playing, who is that woman, because I’m so different from who she was. The things that mattered to me back then don’t matter right now.
You can read the rest in next week’s issue of JET.