Regina King Photograph by Justin Stephens
EW Staff
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

AGE 32
HOMETOWN Los Angeles
CURRENT ”Legally Blonde 2,” ”Daddy Day Care”
NEXT ”Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story” with Jamie Foxx
EXPERIENCE ”Boyz N the Hood,” TV’s ”227”
REFERENCES Tom Cruise, Jackée

5 YEARS AGO ”’Jerry Maguire’ had been out for like a year. I’d been complimented for my work in John Singleton’s films, but they were black films. ‘Jerry Maguire’ just took it all to another level. I was able to audition for bigger movies.”

NOW ”In ‘Legally Blonde 2,’ I’m kind of the nemesis of Reese Witherspoon’s character, who comes to Washington to get a bill passed. Her looks and her way of doing things are, to say the least, shocking to me. Eventually I have to applaud her, uh, originality.”

5 YEARS FROM NOW ”I’ll be in Spain speaking Spanish. I have a good accent, I can read fluently. I know how to roll the r’s. One thing I love about Spain is the sexy flamenco dance. It’s so sensual — and yet they’re fully clothed.”

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