Love and Basketball became a cult classic and is responsible for blooming the reputable careers of Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps.

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Despite the flick’s critical acclaim, the actress reveals that she was “miserable” during filming. “I was miserable. I can laugh about it now,” Lathan shared with Los Angeles’ CBS local.

“I got the job and I think Gina [Prince-Bythewood] finally got to the point where she had to hire somebody. It’s almost like she hired me because she couldn’t find somebody else. There wasn’t a lot of joy and there wasn’t a lot of trust in me. It was her baby and it was her first time directing. It was a big deal for her and nobody knows me then really. She gets to the point where she makes this decision with me, but I felt like the default.” Sanaa Lathan added that one challenge while filming was that she never played basketball before. “The hardest challenge was getting the job, which I think weirdly prepared me for Monica. I had a dance background, but I had never picked up a basketball,” she added.


Despite how she feels, we all know Sanaa killed her role. Check out the full interview here.