Megalyn Echikunwoke is a woman on the verge! She recently starred in the box office hit, Night School, with Kevin Hart. The stunning actress is going from strength to strength, starring in a play and working on new projects (like an exciting new movie with none other than Mindy Kaling). We sat down to chat about everything awesome on the horizon.
How does it feel to have your new movie Night School hit #1 at the box office? Megalyn Echikunwoke: You can never expect anything but it is definitely a very welcome development! It’s really exciting. The movie stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, who are so funny together. What was it like working with them? ME: I think it’s probably what you would imagine—lots of jokes, lots of laughter together. It was hard to keep a straight face. I surely ruined many takes trying to keep it together.
Tell us a little more about your role in the film. Who is your character? ME: I play Kevin Hart’s fiancé, who loves him regardless of his academic accomplishments and his financial status, but he has trouble believing in himself. So, he goes through a journey of self-discovery and we have a little bit of conflict. But I give him a second chance and more importantly, he gives himself a second chance.
This film is directed by Malcom D. Lee. He did the very hilarious movie Girls Trip. Do you think people who loved Girls Trip will love this movie for the same reasons? ME: I think so because mainly Tiffany Haddish really popped in that movie. She’s so talented and compelling and then together with Kevin—it’s a power couple to say the least, so I’m hoping the fans will think so too.
Night School is a comedy, but it also opens up some conversations about broader things we all go through in our lives. What do you think audiences will take away from this film in terms of starting hard conversations with the people we love the most? ME: Hopefully it starts a conversation about the dynamics of what a relationship can be and about second chances, about being honest and about having compassion for yourself—of course along with lots of love and laughter.
You just wrapped Mindy Kaling’s new film called Late Night. What's it about? ME: Completely different vibe, completely different type of story. It stars Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling and is set in a late-night talk show environment. Mindy Kaling is a late-night comedy writer and Emma Thompson is the host and it's funny, but in a completely different way than Night School. The cast is amazing—Amy Ryan, Ike Barinholtz, John Lithgow, Paul Walter Hauser, and Hugh Dancy, who I’m actually doing the play Apoligia with right now. It was so funny because we were doing this movie and at the same time found out we would be doing a play later in the year. He’s super talented so it was a nice coincidence.
What was it like working with Mindy Kaling? ME: It was great. She was really inspiring to work with because she wrote it, stars in it and produced it. And it makes me think maybe I could be a bad boss bitch like that too one day!