'Bad Hair' Star Vanessa Williams Talks COVID-19 Battle, Plus: Her Reaction to Trump’s Diagnosis
Actress Vanessa Williams is one of the big names in Hollywood who has battled coronavirus.
“Extra's” Cheslie Kryst spoke to Vanessa about her COVID-19 struggle, and about her role in the horror movie “Bad Hair.”
Vanessa shared, “I was sick with COVID — I got the London version.”
“I was sick in March when I came back from London,” Williams elaborated. “We kind of as a cast got ill… So I went through the couple of weeks being sick.”
As for President Trump's recent diagnosis, Vanessa said, “I know what the symptoms are. It's not great, and you don't really feel back into yourself for a solid two weeks, so I assume he's still struggling.”
Joined by her “Bad Hair” co-star Laverne Cox, Vanessa also shared her take on the struggle for Black women to be heard when it comes to hair and makeup on a Hollywood set. She commented, “There are moments when you sit in the chair and people say they know how to do Black hair and you grip the handles and realize that it ain't what it should be… And those are things as Black women that we fight for because we know how delicate it is and how meaningful it is for us personally, but also for the character.”
“Bad Hair” takes place in 1989. A woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair just may have a mind of its own!
Laverne had her own hair horror story to share! She revealed, “Years ago… I was doing loose braids àla Beyoncé in the [Destiny's Child music video] 'Bug a Boo'... and with this one time I decided to bleach my own hair… I go to wash it out and my hair starts coming out in the sink… It was horrifying! It was the last time I bleached my hair.”