Let’s all hope this current tsunami of Tiffany Haddish interest never dies down. Between a breakout starring role in the summer comedy Girls Trip last year, a two-year HBO deal, a spot in the coveted Super Bowl commercials, Haddish has had a wild couple of months. Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan spoke with Haddish last night about the real highlight of her career: her ingenious method for sneaking a selfie with Beyoncé.
Back in December, Haddish attended a party with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Michael B. Jordan and other celebs. She recorded the event on her Instagram with the same excitement that any of us mere mortals would if we found ourselves at such an event, which was very relatable of her. But everyone knows you don’t just walk into a room and demand a selfie with Queen B, so how did she swing it? Haddish said that “something had went down with somebody at the party,” although she isn’t allowed to say what exactly happened. Whatever it was, though, Haddish was ready to fight about it before Beyoncé was able to calm her down. “She was like, ‘No, have fun, Tiffany,” and I said, 'I’m only going to have fun if you take a selfie with me,’” Haddish said. Beyoncé even managed to help Haddish out by letting her know her wig was slipping a bit.
Haddish admits she was starstruck by the whole interaction. “She came up to me and was like, ‘I think you are so funny, Tiffany Haddish.’ I was like, ‘What? You know me?!’ She said, ‘I’m Beyoncé.’ ‘I KNOW!’ Haddish said.
Haddish also got a snap with Jay Z that night.
About meeting Michael B. Jordan, Haddish said: “I got Michael B. Jordan’s phone number, what are you talkin’ about? He’s super cool and down to earth and really nice.”
Jordan would also be one of Haddish’s pick for a show she invented in which she would take celebrities on Groupon excursions. Haddish recently signed a deal with Groupon, which she says she uses so much she is “in the top one percent of Groupon users,” which includes a Super Bowl commercial. In the excursions show (which sadly will not be happening, at least not yet) she would take celebrities “to local restaurants, or maybe even trips to Ireland or England.” Her list of companions is long, but promising: Michael B. Jordan, Trevor Noah, Will Ferrell and his wife and kids, Kevin Hart and his wife, and Dave Chapelle and his wife.
Finally, Haddish also spoke about her experience reading the Oscar nominations. She mispronounced some people’s names—but nobody really seemed to mind—but she says she didn’t even care.
When I finally got home, I had to hug myself a little bit and say, “You know what, Tiffany? I don’t care if you did make mistakes. I’m so proud of you.” I never, ever thought I would be able to do something awesome like that. That little foster kid, up there? I saw so many people say, “Tiffany should have got nominated,” and I’m like, “You guys don’t even understand. I got to go to the party! Who cares about a damn trophy?” I’m just so grateful, and my heart is so full. That little foster girl … Sorry, I keep thinking of myself as a child.
You can read the rest of the interview by heading over to Vulture.