Tiffany Haddish, breakout star of the hit film “Girls Trip,” is honest, bold, and absolutely hilarious — especially when she’s just being herself.
Her recent come-up is especially notable given her difficult childhood. Haddish and her siblings entered foster care after their mother was diagnosed with a debilitating mental illness as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
Haddish had behavior issues and a tough time in school but never lost her quick wit and drive. She never stopped grinding in pursuit of a career in comedy. Decades later, she’s finally getting her due.
This week, Haddish appeared on “The Ellen Show,” and the topic quickly turned to Haddish’s fondness for Oprah Winfrey.
She told host Ellen DeGeneres about her plan to go into business selling vegetables with the notoriously garden-loving legend, calling her imaginary venture “Tiff & O’s” — “‘Cuz I’m probably going to be doing most of the work,” Haddish explained.
Haddish also told the story of working as an extra in the made-for-TV film “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which Oprah produced. Haddish was on set, telling jokes to the other background actors between takes when Oprah walked by and told her, “You’re a very funny lady!”
At the time, Haddish responded like most of us would when coming face to face with a compliment from Oprah:
Oprah asked her name and told Haddish to write to her and keep her posted on her stand-up career. Haddish assured Oprah she would.