Earlier this month, Spelman College alumna Shaun Robinson of “Access Hollywood” came into town to interview Mo’Nique and be interviewed by her. (Yes, this is the circular world we live in.)
“She’s very grounded,” Robinson said at the Midtown W Hotel. “The way she treats her audience, she’s like a mother to them.” In her interview, she said Mo’Nique wanted to clear up misconceptions about her marriage. “They don’t have an open marriage,” Robinson said. “But infidelity is not a deal breaker for them.” Mo’Nique has also lost 30 pounds since she last saw her at the Oscars earlier in the year.
Robinson, who has been with “Access” for 11 years, said she’d love to have her own show like Mo’Nique.
She is also in the midst of a “Living Legends” series of interviews for “Access,” including Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Smokey Robinson. Robinson talks about life during the Civil Rights era and how he’d have to use the outhouse in the back of a gas station in the South.
Joel has cleared his music to be used on “Glee.” “I was in a chorus in high school,” he said. “Why not?” But he won’t appear on the show. “I’m not a big TV actor kind a guy,” he added. “I’m a piano player.”
“I love these in-depth interviews,” she said, “as opposed to talking about Lindsay Lohan. I love talking to icons and people who have influence on our culture.”
The Detroit native reminisced a bit about her summers in Palmetto with her grandmother and cousins galore. “I miss the city so much,” she said. “Atlanta is so pretty. It’s changed a lot. We used to spend our summers down here in Palmetto. Our entertainment was simply walking down the street catching fireflies.”
Her most embarrassing moment was when she was about to interview Al Pacino and saw a crumb on his mouth. She physically went up to him to wipe it off when she realized it was a mole. “The publicist just fell out laughing,” he said. “My face was so red!” “Just call me mole man!” Pacino said to her.
“Access Hollywood,” 7 p.m. WAGA-TV, Monday through Saturday
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog