If you’ve read Tiffany Haddish’s book, The Last Black Unicorn, you know that her life has been hard. From her mother’s brain injury, to having to raise her own siblings, to living in foster care, she’s survived and thrived with more hardship than most people experience in a lifetime. So it comes as no surprise that there were times when she wished she lived a different life, with different family members. And as a child, she often wished that Goldberg was her mother. See how their uniting for this film was a full circle moment in the transcript and video below.
“Since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of Whoopi Goldberg being my momma. I felt like she’d probably be the best mom for me. If I could have been a little soul up in heaven, and God said, ‘Who do you want to be your momma.’ And I woulda said, ‘Give me Whoopi to be my momma.’ I feel like God woulda been like, ‘Well, you gon get your ass beat.’ ‘That’s cool, God. I can deal with that. I just want to learn how to be a more mature, successful person, Lord.’ But that’s not what happened. God was like, ‘Ima give you this momma. She gon beat your ass too.’
I’m grateful for the mom that He did give me but I still have always dreamed of Whoopi Goldberg being my mom. You want to hear something crazy? When I read the script, I thought Tyler Perry was doing research on me because I never say my real momma’s name out in public, right? I’ll tell you right now, my real momma’s name is Leola. And when I saw the script and it said Lola—cuz people call my mom Lola. Did he pull up my birth certificate? What’s really going on?
Two weeks before we started filming, he tells me that Whoopi Goldberg is going to be my momma. And I hung up the phone with him and I instantly started crying. I instantly started being like, ‘God you been listening to me all these years.’
And I love Whoopi. The first time I met her, I was so happy. The first time I went to do “The View,” and she wasn’t there, I was so upset. I was mad. I was mad at everybody there because the only reason I even came here is because I wanted to meet my momma.
Then Whoopi sent me a video and I watched that video, every night for so long…I’m not emotional. I’m not sensitive. But I’m very happy. These are tears of joy. Because you go through so many things in life and you be having these dreams and you just really want them to come true. But when she sent me that video. I swear to God. I tried to send her a video back, it wouldn’t work.”
Whoopi walks in at this point. You can watch the moment in the video below. Have your Kleenex on deck.