"Lee [Daniels] was relentless. I remember being on my mountain in Maui, where I go to try to restore myself. And he called saying, 'You need to get ready, because you are Gloria [the wife of Forest Whitaker's character, Cecil Gaines].' So I did it to have the opportunity to work with Lee.
"I also did it because Gloria represented to me every woman of that era who sacrificed herself ... never bringing her own dreams to fruition because family took precedence over everything. It's a story many have not seen with black people in these roles, because usually we're one extreme or another. But to see that we are people who love our children, who have the same aspirations as everybody else -- I just love that."