The friendship between Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish has come full circle. Not long ago, Haddish was homeless and living out of her Geo Metro. She was working the comedy club circuit when one day he pulled her to the side and had a heart-to-heart about her living situation.
When Haddish explained that she was determined to make it on her own merits, Hart “loaned” her $300, told her to get a hotel room, and start planning. She did and, as fate would have it, now they are filming a new movie together called “Night School.”
“He saw all the stuff in my car. He had like this long discussion with me, you know? Basically like, “You’re a beautiful woman. You could stay with any man. Why don’t you just stay with a man, like?” Haddish told Vanity Fair. “And I was also like, ‘I’m not sleeping with nobody for a roof over my head. I’m just not that type of person.’ And Kevin was like, ‘Oh, that’s real commendable, look at your homeless ass.’ And he gave me $300 and told me I shouldn’t be sleeping in my car.”
When Hart asked Haddish where she was sleeping, she said that homeless or not, she deserved the best. Tiffany proudly parked her car and slept every night in Beverly Hills.
“If Imma be homeless, I’m gonna be homeless in the best area,” Haddish explained to Hart. “I would park my car in Beverly Hills and I would sleep over there, and the police would come every morning and make me move. That was like my wake-up call. I got to know a lot of police officers like that.”
The $300 loan wouldn’t get Haddish very far in Los Angeles, but as soon as she was able to get cleaned up, rest, and get still for a minute, she made a list of short and long-term goals for herself. Then Haddish went to work. Because Hart respected her path and helped her focus, she calls him her comedy angel. Haddish would go on to work on Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood which opened the door to more gigs.
The road to success was far from easy or glamorous, though. The day after Kev had the talk with Tiffany, she was offered an apartment that rented for $550 per month. Finding a place to live was on the top of her list, but a nasty, roach-infested, dilapidated unit isn’t what many would have hoped for. Haddish thought it was perfect in spite of the broken appliances. She had a bit of stability in a place all her own.
In time, Haddish went on to star in last year’s blockbuster “Girls Trip,” became the first Black female comic to host SNL, and became a published author of The Last Black Unicorn. Now all the people who tried to get Haddish to trade her body and self-respect for jobs want to work with her. She has finally arrived.
The best part about this story is that Kev still gives Tiffany great advice on how to navigate her newfound stardom. Hart still refuses to let her re-pay that $300 loan. All he ever wants her to do is show up for every opportunity and be great. And for that, she couldn’t be more grateful.