She’s ready for the second season of “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”
Tiffany Haddish returns Wednesday (8 EDT/PDT) as host of CBS’ revival of the comedy series where children answer questions in the most kid-like fashion ever. The series began as a segment on “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” aired on CBS from 1998 to 2000 with Bill Cosby as host, and was revived on ABC last season.
Fresh off a historic Grammys win for best comedy album, Haddish had her 2017 breakthrough with “Girls Trip.” Since then, she’s hosted “Saturday Night Live,” presented at the Oscars and appeared on David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” wearing her iconic white Alexander McQueen dress to each. (It’s has been dubbed the “longest-running joke in Hollywood.”)
Her “SNL” hosting gig got her noticed by Billy Crystal, who cast her in his new movie “Here Today” (in theaters Friday).
Haddish, 41, talks about some of her favorite moments on set and the production efforts behind her steamy silhouette challenge with her boyfriend Common:
Question: What’s been the most memorable moment you’ve had filming the second season?
Tiffany Haddish: There’s this one young kid that he’s like a contortionist and a Karate Kid. And I tried to do some of the moves that he was doing, that was hilarious. I’m not as limber as I’d like to think I am. In my mind, I’m very limber. In real life, not so much.
Tiffany Haddish says she enjoys being around kids because they have a different perspective on how they view the world. (Photo: Bill Inoshita, Bill Inoshita/CBS)
Q: You’re pretty much a “what you see is what you get” type of person. Do you feel like you have to censor yourself around kids?
Haddish: I’m pretty much myself, but when kids come around, I don’t know, maybe it’s in my brain, a filter goes up. I don’t want no kid cussing me out or cussing at me because then that’s going to be a situation. But I enjoy it so much because I feel like I can kind of be a kid again. I get on their level and we have fun.
Q: Do you find working around kids to be more enjoyable than working with adults?
Haddish: Now let’s be honest. I’m an adult; I’m meant to be around other adults, but I also like to be around kids because they really speak their truth. And that, to me, is amazing, (and there’s) a lot of wisdom in that, too. They see the world a different way than we do, and it’s good to hear it from their point of view.
Q: You were in the middle of filming when you found out you were the second Black woman to win a Grammy for best comedy album. And you found out in front of two little Black girls. Can you describe the significance of that moment?
Haddish: I just felt like it was a door that just got kicked open. It was just kind of a surreal moment, and I know it’s going to feel official when I actually get that trophy.
Tiffany Haddish became the second Black woman to win a Grammy for best comedy album. (Photo: Bill Inoshita, Bill Inoshita/CBS)
Q: What’s the smartest thing a child has ever said to you on the show?
Haddish: There was this young man that knew everything there was to know about dinosaurs and whales. He knew how many vertebrates, he knew all that. And then I started talking about bacteria and stuff and he started naming them, and I was, like, “Oh.” And I think he was 6. Then he started talking about the planets, too.
Q: How do you remain so authentic and true to yourself?
Haddish: I just be myself. I just do what I feel honors my feelings and I try to honor others. I treat people the way I want to be treated, talk to people the way I would want them to talk to me. A lot of people will try to push you into something that doesn’t resonate with you, doesn’t feel right.
Q: Have there been times where you’ve found it hard to listen to yourself?
Haddish: Yeah, and that’s when you sit your butt down and you just be quiet. And the first thing that pops up, that’s what you do.
Q: The Silhouette Challenge you did with Common was a favorite for many people. How’s your relationship with him going?
Haddish: We have a lot of fun moments. We paint and all kinds of stuff, we do activities, and I hope we could do another video, but I got to come up with a concept. I produced that video, wrote the treatment for it and then I had to film it. I was the camera operator, the lighting design, the editor and the distributor so I feel like I’m growing.
It’s a really great relationship. I like him a lot.
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