Meagan Good is heating up the magazine circuit with her brand new cover for Rolling Out magazine. And she’s dishing on what it’s like to be a Preacher’s wife while being sexy, double standards aimed at black actresses in Hollywood and whether she’ll ever go nude for a movie. All that and more inside….
Meagan Good has been all over lately, hitting up tons of TV shows and movie premieres, promoting the summer flickThink Like A Man Too. And to continue on her media campaign, she landed the cover of the newest issue of Rolling Outmagazine. And she looks HOT.
Rocking a seductive plunging burnt orange gown and vibrant yellow high-split gown, the sultry TLAM2 star discussed how she feels about those who criticize her on her wardrobe as a minister’s wife and how she lives her life to please God and no one else.
She dished on whether or not she’ll ever go completely nude for a movie role, double standards directed at black Hollywood actresses and also what she has learned from being married to her preacher/film executive husband,DeVon Franklin.
Here are the highlights:
On being sexy:
“I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with being sexy,” she says matter-of-factly. “God created our bodies as women. He created us to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be powerful, to be fearless — to be amazing. I do respect and understand the fact that when you come into the sanctuary, you need to be dressed appropriately because you are not the star — Jesus is the star. That I agree with 100 percent.” While she understands that dressing appropriately is necessary, Good also wants more people to recognize that “appropriate” is always relative. Especially outside of Sunday morning service.
On “religious” people who criticize her:
“I feel like religion can get very judgmental and a lot of people don’t approach you with love,” she says, pausing thoughtfully. “I try to be conscious of the responsibility I have as a Christian, but if I did everything everyone told me to do or tried to please everyone, I couldn’t have my hair a particular way, I couldn’t wear certain clothes, I couldn’t play certain characters, I can’t hang out with certain people, can’t wear a certain amount of makeup — and you can’t let people run your life. You have to look to God. People will fall in line.”
On getting nude for a movie role:
“I have no problem with nudity — it just has to not be exploitative and it has to be important to tell the story,” she explains. “It depends on the script, the character, the story, the tone of the movie — all of those things. I commend women of every nationality that are bold enough to tell a story in a way that’s fearless. I just haven’t found a project where I felt it was necessary to do that. The scenes I’ve come across seemed exploitative and I just didn’t do it.
On there being a double standard between white and black actresses in Hollywood:
“If Angelina Jolie goes topless, everyone goes ‘Wow, she’s so badass, so committed to her craft,’ ” Good says. “But if Halle Berry goes topless, everyone’s like ‘She’s a slut. She probably took a bunch of money to do that.’ People attack her with unsavory names. And it’s unfortunate. Halle is one my favorite actresses — I’ve looked up to her since I began this journey. There’s definitely a double standard but I can’t put my finger on exactly why that is. If someone is telling a story, they should go to whatever extent that they’re comfortable with to tell the story. Whatever they feel is necessary.”
On what being married to her husband DeVon Franklin has taught her:
“Marriage has taught me that it’s OK to let somebody take care of me. That it’s OK to depend on somebody,” Good says. “I grew up being responsible for a lot of things — since I was 15 [I was] taking care of a lot of people. My father is amazing, but he wasn’t in the home, so my mother raised us with the mentality of not needing anybody. We were never the girls that went after the guy that had the money because we were taught to have our own money. I’ve always been extremely independent to the point where it probably intimidated some guys. Now, it’s nice to just feel like it’s not a bad thing to trust someone to have your best interest at heart.