Tiffany Haddish is having a Hollywood moment. And she keeps inspiring us in the process.
In a recent interview with W magazine, the Night Shift star revealed her low-key approach to dealing with unwarranted criticism, disappointment and bad news: humor and funny YouTube videos.
“I could have been mad. But I would always rather try to be funny in any situation,” she told W’s Lynn Hirschberg about getting snubbed at the Oscars this year.
Haddish said watching funny clips on YouTube always helps lift her spirits in low moments. Her favorite online therapy? Videos of laughing babies and epic fails.
Even when people are laughing at me in a mean way, I still feel some kind of healing from it.
— Tiffany Haddish
Keep in mind that just a little before Oscar nominations were announced and it was revealed Haddish’s performance didn’t make the cut, the Golden Globes judges allegedly refused to watch Girls Trip.
But for Haddish, it’s not about awards – it’s about the craft, about healing and spreading joy to her audiences. As she told W, it’s also about finding lessons and new roads ahead in failure and disappointment.
“In failure, there can be success: By that I mean you can learn what not to do. I find the funny in a lot of failures, because I’ve had enough of them. But I am resilient: My soul is very determined,” she said.
Her resilience hardly comes as a surprise. Haddish faced hardships from an early age: Her father left the household when she was three, and her family suffered from a devastating car accident that left mom Leola with brain damage and Haddish to be the main caretaker.
Years spent in and out of foster homes followed, along with unhealthy relationships and even homelessness. Her Night Shift co-star Kevin Hart played a pivotal in her journey, changing Haddish’s life with $300 and some advice.