Regina King is a popular American actress who rose to prominence through her famous movie roles in the 90s and 2000s. Regina King is one of the most successful black actresses in Hollywood and has paved the path for many black actresses to come.
Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Regina King
Regina King is an LA Woman
Regina King was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, the city where she grew up and studied at Westchester High School and the University of Southern California. Her first role came as a teenager when she worked on the television series ‘227’ from 1985 to 1990.
Regina King rose to prominence in the 90s
Throughout the 90s she acted in numerous comedies and romantic films such as “Friday”, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “Boyz N The Hood”, “Jerry Maguire” and “How Stella Got Her Way Back”, although he was also seen in action films such as “Seeds of Grudge” or “Public Enemy” alongside Will Smith or in family adventures such as Disney’s “My Big Friend Joe.”
Regina King got married in 1997
In 1997 she married the actor Ian Alexander, with whom she gave birth to her son Ian Junior and whom she divorced ten years later. During the 2000s she continued working on comedies such as “Babysitter Daddy”, “Legally Blonde 2”, “A Modern Cinderella” and “Miss Special Agent 2: Armed and Fabulous”, but she also had room for dramas such as “Ray” and to lend her voice to animated films such as “Ant Bully: Welcome to the Anthill”.
Regina King became a TV star in the 2000s
It was in the 2000s when she began to stand out on television thanks to series such as Leap of Faith, 24 or Southland, although her professional peak in the television medium was reached throughout the 2010s with series such as ‘Shameless’, ‘The Boondocks’, ‘The LeftOver’, ‘American Crime’, ‘Seven Seconds’ or ‘Watchmen’. In addition, she appeared in several episodes of season 12 of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and debuted as a director in episodes of ‘Scandal’, ‘Being Mary’, ‘Pitch’, ‘Greenleaf’, ‘The Catch’, ‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘This is Us’ or ‘The Good Doctor’. In cinema, her first film as a director was “One Night In Miami”, for which she was nominated for several awards such as the Golden Globe for Best Director.
Regina King has won numerous awards during her career
Of the several times that she has been nominated for an Emmy for her roles in ‘American Crime’, ‘Seven Seconds’ or ‘Watchmen’ she has won it four times. She also won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and has obtained multiple recognitions at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and various critics’ associations
Regina King’s son committed suicide
Regina King is full of pain. She has lost her only child, Ian Alexander Jr. He was born through her relationship with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander. As confirmed by People, Ian Alexander Jr. committed suicide at the age of 26 on January 19, 2022 and it was YouTuber B. Scott who reported the young man’s death.
The actress was completely devastated by the death of her son and had asked that the family be considered in an official statement published by the American magazine: “He was a being of brilliant light who cared about the happiness of others. We ask for privacy. Thank you,” she wrote. Few details are known about it. Suicide is already the leading cause of death among young people and Ian’s is added to the recent death of Shane Lunny, the son of singer Sinead O’Connor.
The young man had followed in his father’s musical footsteps and had become a DJ. In fact, his mother bragged about him whenever she could: “He’s an incredible young man,” she said in an interview for People magazine. For Regina King, his greatest source of pride was not his success in her professional career. No. Her pride was her son, for whom she felt a deep love: “You don’t know what unconditional love is until you have a child. When you experience it, it is the most gratifying thing that exists,” said the actress.
Regina King was a single mother
Regina King raised her son Ian as a single mother after separating from her ex-husband in 2007. They married on April 23, 1997, a year after welcoming their son Alexander on January 19, 1996. Their marriage lasted nine years and the actress filed for divorce citing physical abuse, drug use and extramarital affairs as reasons.
Being a single mother was not easy for her, but being with her son was what made her happiest. And it was reciprocal. On Regina King’s 50th birthday, Ian congratulated his mother in style on her Instagram profile: “I’m so proud of you and your love, art, and gangsta inspire me,” he wrote. Grateful to have her and knowing all the sacrifices she made as a single mother, Ian said it was his greatest gift: “Being everything you are and having time to be there and support me unconditionally… You are a true superhero. I love you, mom,” he continued.
Regina King and her son had matching tattoos
With all that love, the actress and her son were very close. It was common to see Ian accompanying her mother to the red carpets, even in 2019, when he called the actress “supermom” at the Golden Globes. And they even had matching tattoos.
These are the words “unconditional love” in Aramaic. He had it on his shoulder and Regina King had it on her left arm. The idea arose while mother and son were going to kabbalah classes: “My son told me: ‘We each choose three designs and we will tattoo the one that matches.’ And we both chose ‘unconditional love.’”