Best Sanaa Lathan Quotes and Achievements

Sanaa Lathan (born September 19, 1971) is an award-winning American actress well-known for shaving her natural hair for the show "Nappily Ever After".

Her hair had grew back since and is long and lushly as ever. She have over 4.9m Instagram followers.

Top 62 Sanaa Lathan Quotes

  1. To make a movie is very grueling at times. Long, long hours and cold weather.
  2. When you have a play, you have to be on every night.
  3. Kelsey Grammer is one of the best actors I've ever worked with.
  4. Being strong can be also feminine. I don't think feminine equals being weak. Being strong is very sexy.
  5. People make jokes about how black people are the first ones to be killed off.
  6. I think Hollywood is so driven by money, the people who are making the decisions are not necessarily reflective of the melting pot, so what stories are you going to want to tell? You're going to want to tell stories about yourself.
  7. I come from the theater, and I've done a lot of character work in the theater, but Hollywood stuff in film and TV, they've been more leading lady/ingenue type roles.
  8. CGI is done after the film is done. It's through the computer. Most of the film is not computer-generated special effects. Most of it is that creature that is in the room with you.
  9. In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys. Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero, so that was a tradition that started.
  10. You would never expect a black woman to be the hero.
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  12. I got nominated for a Tony, which was a complete surprise. It was an experience that I will always cherish.
  13. I'll eventually go back to theater because the feeling of being on stage where you have the audience right there, you can't replace that with anything.
  14. I was working straight for nine months and I'm exhausted. I'm ready to relax for a little while and read. I don't want to work for work sake; I have to be excited about it.
  15. I look forward to going to work. Everybody is at the top of their game. It was like we just got to play.
  16. I liked the fact that there were so many different representations of black women and black men in the movie. It wasn't like we all had the same agenda.
  17. I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.
  18. As different as me and Sigourney look is as different as these two characters are. I'm not filling her shoes. I'm doing a part that has the same monsters, but it's a completely different movie.
  19. I didn't get to see Predator until halfway through shooting. It was great to get an education while I was shooting because it made me excited to be part of this legacy.
  20. Sometimes when you don't care, people are attracted to that.
  21. When you're on a set it can be very tedious and slow. It's just not as big as when you see it on film.
  22. The Alien is gross, scary. There is something in a human being that looks at them and sees it as a cockroach. You can never feel nurturing towards the cockroach.
  23. I wouldn't want anyone to destroy the earth.
  24. Some of us just have to work harder to stay in the game.
  25. If you're in love and there's that chemistry, that's what it's all about.
  26. My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer; she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn't even think about becoming an actress.
  27. I really prefer the actual experience of being onstage and living the character from beginning to end with the energy of the audience. There's nothing that beats that feeling, and yet I really have trouble with the eight shows a week.
  28. Good storytelling appeals to me - good writing.
  29. I'm loving the ingredients that are in Pantene, and it smells so good, and that's important to me. It has cassia and aloe vera. The cassia flower is really good for strengthening hair strands and the aloe is wonderful for moisturizing.
  30. In terms of facial creams or lotions, I try to switch it up and stay as natural as possible. l like Le Mer facial cream for when I have an event. It's very rich and sometimes too rich for some people, but I like it.
  31. I've never gotten any complaints about my headscarf from a man. You can be sexy with a head wrap!
  32. I have dated all races, and I believe you should be free to do whatever you want.
  33. The great thing about the stage is that you have a structured month-long rehearsal period where you're going in every day. You have to have lots of run-throughs with theater because there are no second takes in front of a live audience.
  34. If someone has already done a role I'm about to do, I won't watch the original until after I'm finished playing the role.
  35. People may know me from films, but theater is my first love. I did about 35 plays before I even landed my first screen role. I'm very comfortable on stage, and theater is not something you can just wing.
  36. I love going to the movies and getting Raisinets, a big tub of popcorn and a Coke. That's definitely a guilty pleasure because I can't be doing that all the time.
  37. I think I'm a character actress in a leading lady's body, but the industry doesn't really see me that way.
  38. There is a lot of struggle in being an actor; you need so much emotional strength, no matter what level of stardom you have, that it's nice to have something steady.
  39. You can never be happy when you're constantly comparing yourself to others. Keep your eyes ahead.
  40. In this day and age, especially with all the media and television, social media, and the Internet, we are constantly being compared and comparing ourselves to others' lives and journeys. Keep your eyes on your own road.
  41. I feel like people grow the most when they step outside of the box that they are used to. For me, it's constantly challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone. As soon as you do that, then you grow, but then you get comfortable again.
  42. Like the guy I was dating. White, liberal, educated. I went to meet his family and I think that they probably didn't know they had a problem with it until he walked in with me. And they definitely had issues. Mom had issues with it. Could not, didn't want to see her son. And I don't think she had anything against me. But it was about her son bringing me home. And I felt that for the first time. I was like, 'Wow, that's deep.' It's really simple: I don't fit their picture.
  43. I wouldn't want anyone to destroy the earth
  44. The inspiration for this movie [Something New] was this Newsweek article that came out a couple of years ago that talks about 42.4 percent of black women in America aren't married. Black women are shooting up the corporate ladder way faster than our black male counterparts. And (black men) are either dating outside their race, in jail or dying. And so if you want to have a family, you want to be married, you have to look at other options.
  45. I have dated all races and I believe you should be free to do whatever you want.
  46. Everybody is different. I can think of three black men I've dated and they couldn't be more different from each other.
  47. And then there was moments with white guy where like we would be in Harlem. There would be five brothers in the corner, and this is an awful feeling but you're holding his hand and you want to pull your hand away cause you don't want the judgment. And you're gonna get the judgment even if it's just in looks. And the black men are the worst when it comes to judging.
  48. People are going to always have their opinions whether you date a black man or not. I've had girlfriends, family members comment on black men that I've dated as well as white people. People want to see what they want to see. And if anybody doesn't fit that picture they're going to be like, 'Yeah, I didn't see you with him.'
  49. I don't know if it's more acceptable or if black men are more comfortable. Black men certainly are more comfortable with it. I don't know that society, like white society loves it or black women. When you see a black man with a white woman there is a feeling that you have and I think the feeling is an instinctual feeling of you want her you don't want me. I don't look anything like her, so you don't like. You know what I mean? Something like that. It's a real instinctual primal thing.
  50. I've been in a couple with different races like Latino, white, Middle Eastern.
  51. I think I'm definitely more open. You know the thing is I wouldn't have said I was closed before, but like, it's the kind of thing that you don't even think of other options. I've been dating black men for really, for like, I don't know, 10 years. You know, I haven't really dated outside of that. Now I think I'm probably am more open to the idea.
  52. It was a good script [Something New]. We have not seen an interracial issue dealt with from a black woman and white man's perspective in this way. And, usually, it's a black man, white woman. I loved the fact that it wasn't about the couple being against the world or the couple against the family. I loved the fact that it was her dealing with her own prejudices that came up, her own guilt, her own shame and embarrassment about what her peers thought.
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  54. Hair, in terms of women in general, is a huge part of what we're told represents our beauty, beauty obviously plays into self esteem and self worth. As black women in this culture... we've been told that our hair is not beautiful because it does not look like the European standard, which is long and straight.
  55. I felt like it was definitely the stronger choice, it was committing to all she was going through.
  56. It came in my life at a time I was kind of rethinking beliefs and desires, and actually my hair was a big part of that.
  57. I'm super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [ Stan, a producer-director ], and they were mad at me, they were like,' Why would you do this to the family ? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it's so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career ?' But I didn't try to ruin her career. I never said her name ! I was just trying to say how Beyoncé kept me from goin' to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.
  58. It really is a 10-hour film, it's so much a movie that whenever we said 'episodes' on set, we were playfully reprimanded and told to call them 'hours.'.
  59. It was almost kind of chilling, the synchronicity in what was going on with the police shootings at the time we were doing the show, it was crazy how relevant it was.
  60. I feel like TV is starting to look more like the melting pot we live in, we still have a way to go, but I see how things are changing.
  61. We hope to entertain and get people's hearts and minds open to have more compassion and empathy for others, shots Fired.
  62. It just drove home for us what a responsibility we had to tell this story and tell it with the most truth.
  63. It was kind of a perfect time in my life to do it (shaving her hair). I have a lot of hair, and it’s thick. I was just so over it. If I got it straightened and then I worked out, it would go right back into the original—the Afro... my girlfriends would even be like, 'Why aren’t you doing anything with your hair? You look crazy!

Best Sanaa Lathan Achievements

  • 2001 BET Award Best Actress
  • 2001 Black Reel Award Best Actress
  • 2001 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • 2004 Black Reel Award Best Actress
  • 2004 Theatre World Award Best Female Lead
  • 2012 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress
  • 2016 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Sanaa Lathan Trivia

  1. There are two meanings behind her first name. It means “artistry” in Swahili and “shining light” in Arabic.
  2. She was born in New York City.
  3. Her brother, Tendaji Lathan, is a well known DJ.
  4. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English and then attended Yale University, and earned a master’s degree in drama.
  5. At Yale, she studied with Earle R. Gister.
  6. Her father was the one who told her to make Los Angeles her professional base.
  7. These are some of the movies we have seen her: Now You See Me 2 ,American Assassin ,Nappily Ever After,Brown Sugar,The Golden Blaze,Contagion,The Perfect Guy, Blade.
  8. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003 for her work in the play «A Raisin in the Sun»
  9. Her name appeared on media, when the comedian, Tiffanny Hadish, said that she was the person that bit Beyonce at Jay-Z’s party.
  10. The actress denied the rumor but Twitter has different opinion.
  11. Sanaa Lathan used to date the rapper French Montana.
  12. She shaved her head in 2017.
  13. In 1998 she earned a degree of recognition for her role in the movie Blade .She was Blade’s mother.
  14. She never thought she would ever be an actress but that how things happen.
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