Queen Latifah is a woman who emphatically believes in faith. Currently starring in the new drama, Miracles From Heaven, Queen was immediately drawn to the subject matter because she felt a connection to the material. Based on real-life events the film about a young girl diagnosed with an incurable disease, and how little miracles and big ones change the course of her life. The movie also stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Martin Henderson. Queen Latifah plays Angela a good samaritan who she says she can relate to. “I am very much like Angela,” Queen said during our recent interview in Los Angeles. “I also have many Angela’s in my life which made this story so real to me when I first read it.”
Queen also says she completely believes in miracles and that faith is something that is important in her life. “Faith kind of goes with me everywhere I go. When I get too far away I’m reminded that I need to keep the faith and I need to stay connected. God always sustains me so it’s up to me to mess it up and when I do I know I have someone to say help to and it keeps me going and gets me through.”
Born in Newark, New Jersey as Dana Owens she is professionally known by her stage name Queen Latifah. Queen has proven herself to be a woman of many talents including singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host.
She signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album “All Hail the Queen” the same year, featuring the hit single “Ladies First”. Her second album, “Nature of a Sista”(1991), was her final album with Tommy Boy Records.
Latifah starred as Khadijah James on the FOX sitcom Living Single, from 1993 to 1998. Her third album Black Reign (1993), spawned the single “U.N.I.T.Y.”, which won a Grammy Award and was successful on the Billboard Hot 100. She then starred in the lead role of Set It Off (1996) and released her fourth album, Order in the Court, in 1998, with Motown Records. Latifah gained mainstream success and acclaim with her performance in the film Chicago (2002), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Latifah released her fifth album The Dana Owens Album in 2004, and has since appeared in a number of films, such as Bringing Down the House (2003), Taxi (2004), Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2005), Beauty Shop (2005), Last Holiday (2006), Hairspray (2007) and Joyful Noise (2012). In 2007 and 2009, she released two more studio albums – Trav’lin’ Light and Persona. She created the daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show, which ran from late 2013 to early 2015 on CBS. Latifah received critical acclaim for her portrayal of blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO film Bessie (2015), which she co-produced, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.
She has long been considered one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists. Queen Latifah received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. Latifah’s work in music, film and television has earned her a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, an Academy Award nomination and sales of over two million records.
Queen Latifah spoke at length about working on Miracles From Heaven, her relationship with co-star Jennifer Garner and what miracles mean to her. Check out the interview at the top.
Miracles From Heaven is currently in theatres.