Tahiti, Barbados, Mexico, Hawaii. All of those destinations are on Regina Hall’s wish list for getaways with her girlfriends. “I always want to go somewhere warm,” she says. “I would probably not be like, ‘Oh, let’s go somewhere it’s freezing and ski.’”
For now, Hall is vacationing vicariously through Ryan Pierce, her character in the forthcoming movie Girls Trip, which is set in New Orleans during the annual Essence Festival. When Ryan, an author, and the “Flossy Posse” – her friends from college, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish – reunite after years apart, it’s not exactly a relaxing spa weekend. There are hallucinations, a club fight and a ziplining disaster that leaves a character stranded above the streets, desperately in need of a bathroom. “Somehow that trip goes all wrong,” Hall says.
A native of Washington, Hall studied journalism in graduate school at NYU but decided to pursue acting. Her Hollywood career spans more than 20 years and includes roles in films like Scary Movie and Think Like a Man. For Girls Trip, Hall reunited with the director Malcolm D Lee of The Best Man.
Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah in ‘Girls Trip’
In a recent interview in New York, Hall, 46, talked about one of her own vacations and spoofing the Weeknd on TV show Lip Sync Battle.
What’s a memorable moment from one of your own girls’ trips?
I ran out of money [in Jamaica] before I was working, and I was broke. We didn’t have departure tax money. Well, we did, but we wanted to buy rum, so we just said we didn’t. We were at the bar waiting for the bartender to put down drinks for other people, and we would just pick them up and walk away. There’s a little bit of fear in there that you can laugh about later and go, “Oh my God.”
Does every woman need her own Flossy Posse?
It’s everything. Outside of family, it’s the constant. You can be vulnerable…