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Regina Hall is on the September cover of Health Magazine discussing about how loss helped shape her into the woman she is today. She said she was on her way to becoming a journalist in her early 20s when her father’s death caused her to change her trajectory.

“It was his passing that really shifted how I looked at life—I realized how brief it can be and how suddenly it can change,” Hall explained. “That’s what led me to acting. The thing about feeling broken is that it forces you to be open—you feel like you don’t have much, so you don’t overthink everything.”

Hall was working on getting her Master’s when her father passed of a stroke. She eventually finished in ’97 as he wanted her to but then decided to do acting instead. She’s since been in The Best Man, the Scary Movie franchise, Girls Trip and The Hate U Give. She’s now going to be in the new Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers with Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

When asked why she chose to be in Nine Perfect Strangers, Hall said, “So many elements! I am a big fan of Nicole Kidman—I think she’s tremendous. And I’m a big fan of Melissa McCarthy. I think she’s amazing. Then, of course, I read the script and I realized it was a Liane Moriarty book. I had loved Big Little Lies. Every time I read an episode I was like, ‘Wait, I want to know what happens in the next one.’ That’s always a good sign.”

She’s also going to be in a remake of the 1999 film The Best Man and the 2013 sequel The Best Man Holiday for a Peacock series titled The Best Man: Final Chapters. She’s also teased the idea of a sequel to the 2017 comedy Girls Trip she starred in which would put her alongside her original castmates of Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish.

“Certainly, the world could use a laugh,” Hall told People last year. “The girls and I, we talk, all of us talk. I don’t think it’s for lack of desire, I think it’s just us wanting to make sure, if we do a sequel, that it is something that could potentially, at least, strive to live up to the first one. So, I think it’s more about making sure it’s the right thing than it is about doing it.”

Going from journalist to actress is a big jump but it’s safe to say she made the right decision. And besides, she’s from DC. There’s enough of us there as it is.