When you try to remain professional while Denzel Washington interviews you

Hey Cuties,

Last week was so epic that I had to make sure I took it all in. Don’t get me wrong. Going to the White House last month was epic, but this one was monumental and I did not see it coming. While covering the Fences movie red carpet, I interviewed Denzel Washington. {Pause for reaction} I legitimately met him and his beautiful wife face to face.

“Some people build fences to keep people out; and other people build fences to keep people in.”

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Fences comes out Christmas Day

Before I get off into my Denzel story, let me tell you about the event. Paramount Pictures had a special screening for the movie Fences at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.  The film was directed by Denzel Washington and is based on a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prizewinning play.  Fences opens nationwide on Sunday, December 25, 2016.

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The men of Fences

L to R: Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Mykelti Williamson and Denzel Washington.

The cast members were in attendance with the exception of leading lady, Viola Davis who was filming How to Get Away with Murder.

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My outlet on the Red Carpet

No matter where I go and what I do, seeing my name will never get old to me.  For the first time ever MimiCuteLips is listed on the Red Carpet. This is real life – my name was lusted beside the likes of Fox, CBS, AP, Washington Post and other fellow bloggers.

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Actor, Stephen McKinley Henderson

The cast members worked the red carpet. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to interview everyone.

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Pauletta Washington, Jovan Adepo & Denzel Washington

Denzel and his wife joked that they had adopted Jovan into their family. Jovan plays Cory (Denzel’s son in the movie).  While he is fairly new to the industry, he is quickly making a name for himself.

Fan girl moment.

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Pauletta & Denzel Washington

I think about celebrities and their personalities all the time.  Denzel is as down to earth and intelligent as I imagined him to be; and I love when that happens. The Washington’s took the time to talk to every media outlet on the carpet. They were as equally engaged at the end as they were at the beginning and I respect that. They made each of us feel like we were the only media outlet present.

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The Cast + August Wilson Daughter & August Wilson Wife

Sakina Ansari {Second from the left} is August Wilson’s oldest daughter. Constanza Romero was August Wilson’s wife. August Wilson died at the age of 60 in 2002.

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Mrs. August Wilson, Denzel Washington & Daughter of August Wilson

I had a chance to chat with Mrs. August Wilson {Constanza Romero} and get her thoughts on the movie. It was an honor to chat with her and she is continuing her husband’s legacy.  I asked her what she thought about her husband’s work in film.  She said… “Denzel was able to explore the deeper issues within the text of the play.  We see so many more things in film than we can see on the stage; and more people get to experience August’s poetry and the largeness of his ideas and his plays.”

When I asked if she had a favorite part of the film, she said. “There is a quote in the movie “I can’t give nothing more.” from Denzel’s character; in the scene you see how America has never celebrated the black contribution. It is all visual but it says so many words.” This movie is going to stir up much needed thought, emotion, conversation and action.


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Shots of me working the red carpet

When I searched the #FencesMovie hashtag I saw several shots of me working the red carpet.  My mustard sweater really stood out on the carpet. It is dope to see me in action.


Are you a Denzel fan? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    Oh yes! He is GORGEOUS. There is no way I would be able to contain myself if I was even in the same room with that man.

  2. Carissa

    OMG when I saw your post on FB last week I immediately got excited for you!!! This was EPIC!!! I would’ve been so nervous!! And way to go with the mustard sweater!!! I have to remember when I get an opportunity like this to wear something bright (that’s a blog post…I wait to read your tips later) LOL!!

    • MimiCuteLips

      hahahahahaha I didn’t even think about being a pop of color but there was a lot of black on black on the carpet so color made it easy to find me in pictures. Thanks, my head was swimming for sure.

  3. Alli Smith

    I LOVE Denzel Washington. After watching the video clip, I love his wife too! What an awesome couple and you did a great job when you interviewed them and I think it’s so cool that he took the time to ask about your son and gave you some advice on raising kids. Looking forward to watching the movie!

  4. Stephanie JEannot

    I don’t think I would have been able to sit still and calmly. For one, he is like a motivator because he showed the world what a little bit of faith can do. I would be too nervous and excited to even sit and chat.

  5. candy

    What a wonderful opportunity to be there and experience this event. I would have been star struck, sure it is a evening to remember.

  6. Mitch

    Wow, that is so awesome! You have celeb pictures that I am very jealous of! I will have to check this out!

  7. Kita Bryant

    What an amazing and exciting experience! That takes hard work to get to where you are!

  8. lisa

    What a fantastic opportunity! I love Denzel Washington. He is an amazing actor.

  9. Pam Wattenbarger

    Fences sounds like a really great movie! How cool to meet Denzel Washington. He is a great actor.

  10. Vera Sweeney

    What an amazing experience to get to have!! I can’t wait to see this movie, Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors.

  11. Bella

    Wow, that is an opportunity of a lifetime! What a great experience for you – I bet you won’t ever forget it.

  12. Cai Cansino

    Oh, wow! Lucky you! I loove Denzel as an actor. He really delivers his lines well.

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    I love Denzel as an actor his is amazing. The movie Fences I have heard only good things about and can’t wait to see it. This is something that would be amazing to do one day and the mustard sweater did stick out but looks good I believe. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  14. Kristen Dann

    Is it even possible to stay professional!? I would have a hard time not fangirling in his presence!

  15. T. Espinoza

    Chile… I would have just fell out on the doggone ground. I love how he was more interested in giving you parenting tips than whatever you wanted to ask LOL

  16. Paula Bendfeldt

    What an amazing experience!! I love Denzel and love how he is so down to earth.

  17. Tanya Barnett

    You are surely ending the year with a bang! I’m so excited you got to be there for this event. How cool!!

  18. Joanae

    I would’ve been so damn nervous! Amazing, Mimi!

  19. LaShawn

    see that’s so amazing. I would not have been anywhere NEAR calm standing the close to Denzel!!

  20. Dawn McAlexander

    I would have been so nervous I wouldn’t have been able to speak. He would have thought me to be rude. I love Denzel and all the movies he has made. Yes, I am jealous over here.

  21. Ty

    GIRLLLLLL!!!!! I would have passed the hell out!! Congrats Boo!! I am so excited for you. What an experience!!

  22. Ashleigh

    Ohemgee congrats, this is huge!! Denzel is my fave so I’m super jealous right now! Great post and great interview.

  23. Chante Burkett

    Omg I wouldn’t be able to hold in my love for him lol

  24. Jonna

    Such a dope experience! We are red carpet officials now! It’s so nice when the stars are cool and down to earth.

  25. Diana R. Ramsey


    • MimiCuteLips

      Diana I was like HOW DO HE KNOW MY LIFE. He had no idea that I needed to hear those words. I needed to hear those words from a man who has been down this road. I needed to know that trouble doesn’t last always. I needed to know that your kid can still turn out awesome.

  26. Dana

    That must have been such an amazing experience! I am so jealous that you got to meet and speak with Denzel – he’s one of my favorite actors!

  27. Eva

    What an amazing experience! I can’t wait to see this movie. My husband saw the preview and said that he wasn’t sure he was ready! Great job holding it together in the presence of all that greatness 🙂

  28. Kim

    This is so special. I loved reading Fences, and I believe in HS I saw the play. I’d love to see this movie. Maybe one night the hubby and I can sneak in a date night.

  29. Kiwi

    Girl your mustard sweater did stand out! Wow I am so happy for you. I just saw the screening in Atlanta the movie was amazing! Denzel came to Atlanta too but surprisingly they did not give us the same media treatment…ugh we didnt even see him he had a super private red carpet. But one day I would love to talk to Mr.Washington but honey relish in this moment! So happy you got to speak to a legend on this legendary film!

  30. Farrah Less G.

    Wow that is amazing a big break for you and to your blog congrats. Looking forward for your future post.

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