Mo’Nique opened up about the experience of working in the Adidas commercials with Donald Glover.
Academy Award winner Mo'Nique was a delight in the Adidas commercials, featuring Donald Glover’s latest collection, and the actor was lavish in his praise.
Now the actress has revealed that working with Glover was one of the highlights of her career, and explained why.
“I remember at the end of the shoot, I asked Donald if could I talk to him and his team, and it was one of those moments that brought tears to my eyes to say to those brothers, ‘This is how it’s supposed to be.'”
Glover and Adidas Originals announce the launch of three new Adidas shoes along with the release of a series of advertisements/short films.
For his costar, Glover chose comedian Mo'Nique and reached out to her through Fam Rothstein and producer Sylvia M. Zakhary.
“Well, Fam Rothstein, who is one of Donald Glover’s teammates, and a sister named Sylvia, they called and spoke to my husband, who everybody knows is my manager,” Mo'Nique said.
Mo’Nique revealed that her work experience with Glover and his team was unique in her career, and was one of the few times she felt she was treated with respect and consideration.
Glover is putting his name to three Adidas shoe styles—the Nizza, Continental 80, and Lacombe
Mo'Nique revealed that throughout her career she has rarely been treated with respect by Black men, and that Glover is a heartening sign of change and a shining example for the African American community.
“And to treat a Black woman with such respect and honor, that for me goes down in my history book, to say there are still those out there that treat us with the respect we’re supposed to be treated with. They’re still out there and I know it seems like we got to dig deep, but dammit his name is Donald Glover,” she said.
The ads which promote “Donald Glover Presents” present Glover in several scenarios alongside Mo'Nique, who always gains the upper hand with her quirky wit and sassy attitude.
Glover is putting his name to three Adidas shoe styles—the Nizza, Continental 80, and Lacombe, which have been reinvented in a more relaxed and accessible style.
Critics have praised the tongue in cheek humor of the short films, and the chemistry between the two actors that have made the ads instant classics.
Mo'Nique's tribute to Donald Glover's respectful and considerate attitude as a Black man is a bitter contrast to the abuse the actress suffered at the hands of a family member as a child.
Mo'Nique had revealed that she had been abused by her brother between the ages of 7 and 11, and Oprah Winfrey had interviewed her abuser, who had apologized for his actions.
Mo'Nique, 51, has two brothers, Gerald, and Steve, and a sister, Millicent. She has four children, two from each marriage - to Mark Jackson from 1997 to 2001, and later to Sidney Hicks in 2006.
Mo'Nique won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as an abusive mother in "Precious."