Last night saw Billy Porter join his Like A Boss co-stars on the hot pink carpet at the film’s World Premiere in New York City. Fresh from Sunday night’s Golden Globes, where Porter was nominated as Best Actor in a Drama TV Series for Pose and of course once again stunned on the red carpet (in a feathery angelic custom Alex Vinash tuxedo look) The Queer Review‘s James Kleinmann asked him whether the night had felt like an LGBTQ celebration? ” Yes! It’s always a celebration for LGBTQ. We’re always coming to the party fiercely, darling!”
Billy Porter’s new comedy movie Like A Boss stars Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne as longterm best friends who run a makeup company together, while Porter’s character works for the women alongside his best friend played by Jennifer Coolidge. Given the film’s theme, Porter told us what friendship means to him in his own life: “My ride or dies are present for me at all times no matter what. No matter what! That’s very rare, I’ve been blessed with a plethora of them. I know a lot of people who have one or two, I have many and it’s a family, it’s my chosen family. As a gay man you know very often we have to go outside of our biological families because of rejection of who we are. I was able to find a really wonderful, substantial family really early in my life. So that’s what this movie is about and I hope everybody enjoys!”
Billy Porter’s co-star in the movie, comedy legend Jennifer Coolidge told The Queer Review about working closely with him on the film: “He’s got so much charisma that you feel like a blade of grass.” And what did she learn from working with him? “Subtly is overrated! I think that Billy is one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met and he’s the type of person where he deserves every bit of the great things that are happening to him because nothing was handed to him, he earned every drop, there wasn’t anything handed to him. He’s been a Broadway star for years and it’s really hard to do that life, it’s kind of impossible to do what he does.” As the film is about friendship we asked Coolidge about her own best friends: “I have a bunch of gay men who are my best friends and they all think that I am the best friend of each one individually so I can’t say their names.”
The Queer Review also spoke to the film’s star and executive producer Tiffany Haddish who told us about her night at the Golden Globes 2020, who her own female bosses are in her life, the film’s theme of female empowerment and what true freindship means to her. Watch the video below (and don’t forget to subscribe to our new The Queer Review YouTube Channel where you’re there!)
Also gracing the hot pink carpet was RuPaul’s Drag Race and So You Think You Can Dance? star Langanja Estranja who told us about her makeup look for the evening and who the female bosses are in her life. See the video below for our chat with the fabulous Laganja.
LIKE A BOSS OPENS IN THEATRES JANUARY 10, 2020.
Official synopsis: Best friends Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up. Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. The beauty business is about to get ugly. LIKE A BOSS also stars Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.