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Tyler Perry Supports Regina King’s Vow to Employ More Women

LOS ANGELES - JAN 6: Tyler Perry at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards - Press Room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA / LOS ANGELES, CA. January 06, 2019: Regina King at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Regina King has received an outpouring of support since announcing during her 2019 Golden Globes acceptance speech that she vows to employ more women on future projects.

Within two days, multiple industry bigwigs reached out to support the actress, including Tyler Perry, according to Entertainment Tonight.

“[Producer] Bert Salke has [reached out], Tyler Perry, immediately, and those are men, those are just a couple of the men,” King told ET. “I haven’t even finished going through all my congratulations emails, so I’m sure there’s a couple of others.”

King also revealed that some people close to her tried to convince her that the move was too bold, but that didn’t stop the 47-year-old thespian.

“[People have told me] that to take the risk of saying something like that and putting something on myself [like] that was too big,” King said. “I don’t feel like it is. I feel like it’s possible, and the reality is all I had to do was say it. All I had to do was start saying it out loud, and the amount of support I got and people that helped find workshops and programs for me to go through to hone those directing skills, it happened as soon as I said it.”

In addition to being an award-winning actress, King has directed episodes of Scandal, Southland, Being Mary Jane, Greenleaf and others.

“In the next two years, and it’s going to be hard, I’m making a vow that everything I produce…[will be] 50 percent women,” she said during the ceremony. “And I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourself and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

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