Long plays Suzanne, is a divorced mother of two who has a hard time balancing work and family. After she meets, Nick, a playboy bachelor, her kids take every precaution to prevent Nick from dating their mother. Co-starring Ice Cube and Aleisha Allen.
I think when you seriously take a look at the storyline, these are two children that are desperately trying to get their parents back together and so they’re pulling whatever tricks they can. They’re desperate. They’re doing whatever they think can be done. They’re making the attempt to keep this guy away from their mom. And kids will be kids. I know I was bad when my mom wasn’t around, you know? It’s kind of the nature of children.
Long plays Bird, a hairdresser that is desperately trying to keep her husband out of jail in the movie Soul Food. The family must come together after the matriarch of the family dies, and deal with infidelity, family arguments, and a house fire. Co-starring Vivica Foxx, Irma P. Hall, and Mekhi Phifer.
I think both of us are pretty sassy and headstrong women. Both to basically be in battle for who is going to take mama’s place and thinking she was the too-good sister. You know that exists in every family — that good family competition. You’re the educated one and I might have had kids too young, don’t be thinking you’re better than me. I’ve seen that. I basically pretended to be my older sister Shuggie, who is the glue that keeps my family together. So you know I kind of took a lot of her spirit and added it to my character. So I had a great time working with Vanessa. There was no tension. We just brought it.
Long plays Suzanne the wife of Nick. Nick decides to sell his sports bar to start a magazine only to find out his wife is pregnant with twins. Everyone starts to gets panicky because their house is too small for two additional people. The family decides to buy a house outside the city only to find out it needs major work. Nick hires a contractor who bonds with his wife and kids but not with him. Co-starring Ice Cube, Aleisha Allen, and Phillip Bolden.
In the last film, you saw her, she was troubled. She was going through a divorce’ her ex-husband was playing games’ It was ’Where are my kids? Where are my kids? Where are my kids?’ In this one, you see her as sort of this resolved woman who’s like, ’Okay, I’m pregnant, I’m married, I’m not working, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and this is my new life.’ And so, with that, you see a lighter part of her personality. She’s much more optimistic about things. She wants everything to be great, but she’ll still tell you like it is. She’s not a fool.
Long is set to star in The Best Man Holiday featuring Taye Diggs, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, and Morris Chestnut. Some friendsget together for Christmas only to learn that one of them is dying from cancer. On her character:
She’s achieved everything she’s ever dreamed of I think professionally, and now she’s sort of exploring the other side of her life, of love and relationships and hoping to – I think by the end of the film she wants to marry the two. It’s like Okay, how can I have more balance in my life?
Hall interviews Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall on The Arsenio Hall show talk about The Best Man Holiday. They also talk about African-American women’s role in Hollywood. Regina Hall comments on her experience:
It’s a reality I mean there are women, that does exist. So I mean it’s heightened because they’re still trying to sell a television show. But the important thing is that people get to see other images that are just as valid and just as true.
Long covers the April issue of Essence and talks about her son being disappointed after auditioning for his first role.
I was so nervous Massai wouldn’t get the job. I didn’t want to have to break disappointing news, so I explained to him that as long as he gave it his best that’s all that mattered. I also told him that life has highs and lows, wins and losses. Just as I was saying all this, the phone rang. It was my agent with the good news. We did the happy dance and started packing our bags.
Long plays a single mother named Mary in the movie The Single Moms Club. Five struggling single moms put aside their egos and form a support group. In this group,they find inspiration and laughter amongst each other. They also help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. Co-starring Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown, Wendi McLendon-Covey.
Her name is May. She a single mom of a young boy. Actually, my son plays my son in the film. Masai plays my boy in the movie. When Tyler called me I asked him, Who’s playing my son in the film? He said, I don’t know, we’ll probably get a kid local in Atlanta.’ I said, Well, you know my son is the same age as the character.’ He said, ‘Really? I didn’t realize that. I said, ‘Well, can he audition for you?’ He said, ‘If you think he can do it, it’s fine.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, no. I’m not going to be looking like a fool if I get him there and he’s terrible. Let’s make him audition.