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Whoopi Goldberg: The Original

Whoopi Goldberg dishes on mastering the complicated art of being Whoopi.

“Anytime I’m doing anything that Terry McMillan has written, I’m having a good time,” Whoopi Goldberg tells JET. “She writes some pretty deep stuff but this story has to be one of the most ‘out there’ plots that I can recall.”

Like most of McMillan’s novels, there is no shortage of drama in 2001’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short. The film adaptation, which debuted April 19 on Lifetime, co-stars Goldberg, Ving Rhames, Tichina Arnold, Anika Noni Rose and Mekhi Phifer. But it’s Goldberg who truly shines as Viola, the matriarch of the Price family. She describes her character as “one strange chick” because of the meddling relationship with her wayward adult offspring and cheating husband.

The 58-year-old actress and comedienne knows viewers will relate to the story’s themes of repentance and forgiveness as relatable. An industry veteran, Goldberg (born Caryn Johnson) has been criticized for a gamut of issues ranging from being too Black to not Black enough to sporting natural hair before it was trendy.

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(Photo Credit: AP Photo/Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)