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Sanaa Lathan Spills on 'Miserable' Experience Filming 'Love & Basketball'

Sanaa Lathan is opening up about her “miserable” experience filming Love & Basketball.

The 47-year-old actress starred in the 2000 flick about aspiring basketball players falling in love on their journey to stardom.

“The hardest challenge was getting the job…I had a dance background, but I had never picked up a basketball. [Director] Gina [Prince-Bythewood] and the producers really wanted a basketball player that could act as opposed to an actress they could teach to play basketball,” Sanaa told CBS.

After many auditions against basketball players who had been given acting coaches, Sanaa demanded a basketball coach, with whom she trained with for fives hours a day before getting the part.

She continued, “I was miserable. I can laugh about it now. I got the job and I think Gina finally got to the point where she had to hire somebody. It’s almost like she hired me because she couldn’t find somebody else. There wasn’t a lot of joy and there wasn’t a lot of trust in me. It was her baby and it was her first time directing. It was a big deal for her and nobody knows me then really. She gets to the point where she makes this decision with me, but I felt like the default.”

Sanaa added that once they were filming, she had to act alongside real ballplayers, which led to ” a lot of crying behind the scenes.”

Check out all that Sanaa had to say about the experience…

Kelly Rowland & Janelle Monae Support 'Little' Cast at L.A Premiere!

Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monae show off their fierce style on the blue carpet while attending the premiere of Little held on Monday night (April 8) at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.

The 38-year-old entertainer and 33-year-old actress-singer stepped out to show their support alongside Sanaa Lathan, Star‘s Luke James, Night School‘s Bresha Webb and make-up artist Patrick Starr.

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The stars of LittleIssa Rae, Marsai Martin and Regina Hall – also hit the blue carpet at the premiere to represent the flick, which hits theaters on Friday, April 12.

FYI: Janelle is wearing Vhernier earrings and ring and a Borgioni ring.

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Kiki Layne & Sanaa Lathan Attend 'Native Son' NYC Screening

Kiki Layne and Sanaa Lathan are celebrating their new film.

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The co-stars were both in attendance at the Native Son HBO special screening at the Guggenheim Museum on Monday (April 1) in New York City.

Co-stars Margaret Qualley, Ashton Sanders joined producers Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and director Rashid Johnson, as well as cast members Nick Robinson and Bill Camp at the event.

In Native Son, a young African-American living in Chicago enters into a seductive new world of money and power after he is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman.

The drama premieres on April 6 on HBO.

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Jordan Peele Joins 'Twilight Zone' Actors at Hollywood Premiere!

Jordan Peele walks the carpet at the premiere of The Twilight Zone on Tuesday night (March 26) at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood.

The Us and Get Out director is one of the executive producers of the reboot for CBS All Access and he was joined by the show’s many actors – Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, James Frain, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zabryna Guevara, Percy Hynes-White, Damson Idris, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Rhea Seehorn, China Shavers, Jacob Tremblay, Erica Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, and DeWanda Wise.

Zabryna received support from her friend Sterling K. Brown while Kumail was joined at the event by his wife Emily V. Gordon.

The first two episodes of the series will premiere on April 1 and additional new episodes will be available on demand weekly beginning on April 11.

FYI: Ginnifer is wearing a Brock Collection dress and Melinda Maria earrings. Zabryna is wearing an Eliza J dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Luke is wearing a Dzojchen suit.

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KiKi Layne & Sanaa Lathan Attend 'Native Son' Dinner at Sundance Film Festival 2019!

KiKi Layne and Sanaa Lathan are pairing up for pictures!

The 27-year-old and 47-year-old co-stars were both in attendance at the Native Son Dinner during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Tupelo on Saturday night (January 25) in Park City, Utah.

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Director Rashid Johnson, screenplay writer Suzan Lori-Parks, and co-stars Ashton Sanders and Nick Robinson, as well as Omar Dorsey were all in attendance at the event.

The movie, which premiered at the festival over the weekend, is about a young African-American man comes of age in the South Side of Chicago during the 1930s.

FYI: KiKi is wearing a Eugenia Kim hat.

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'Native Son' Cast Teams Up for Sundance 2019 Premiere

The cast of Native Son steps out for the world premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival!

Ashton Sanders, KiKi Layne, Sanaa Lathan, Nick Robinson, Ashleigh Morghan, and director Rashid Johnson attended the event held at Eccles Center Theatre on Friday (January 25) in Park City, Utah.

Rashid was joined by his wife Sheree Hovsepian and their son Julius.

In Native Son, a young African-American man comes of age in the South Side of Chicago during the 1930s.

Don’t miss it when it hits HBO later this year! (via Deadline)

FYI: KiKi is wearing Christian Dior.

20+ pictures inside of the Native Son cast at the premiere… More Here! »

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