Angela Bassett spoke to Closer Weekly in an exclusive interview. She opened up on her stellar career, which has seen her portray many historical women like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Tina Turner in movies.
Bassett admitted she has had success playing those characters and suggested it may be her forte. However, she said that it could be tricky to play nonfictional characters as one had to tell the truth about such characters despite the boundaries present.
Angela Bassett attends FX's "American Horror Story" 100th Episode Celebration at Hollywood Forever on October 26, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
The 62-year-old reflected on how she became an actress, saying she fell in love with dramatic reading, poetry, and lip-synching to her favorite songs as a teenager.
Her mother, Betty Jane, who she described as her biggest supporter, encouraged her passion for acting, making sure she always went early for church and theatre plays.
When asked what is left on her bucket list after enjoying a career filled with achievements, Bassett said she would love to get back on the Broadway stage as the theatre was her first love.
She added that she is excited about producing other projects that she may not feature in on the screen. The actress said it is exciting to be behind the scenes and bring more voices to the conversation, adding that she may direct again.
Bassett earlier spoke about her marriage to Vance in a chat with PEOPLE, saying that it was important for one to marry the right person.
Bassett has been married to actor Courtney B. Vance for more than 20 years and was asked if it is harder or easier to have a marriage between two actors.
She said she did not know as it is the only marriage she has had. Bassett said she and Vance have found ways to make their marriage work.
Bassett earlier spoke about her marriage to Vance in a chat with PEOPLE, saying that it was important for one to marry the right person with whom they share similar belief systems.
The mother of two once spoke about her childhood when she told PEOPLE's editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, that she found it difficult when her parents divorced.
At 10-months-old, Bassett went to live with her aunt and uncle. She revealed she tried to call her aunt "mom," but the latter was always clear with her, telling her she was not her mother.
Bassett's mom reentered her life when she came to get her and took her to stay in St. Petersburg, Florida. The years that followed their reunion was tough, but Bassett's mother set high standards for her, which helped her become the great actress she is today.