NOC Interview: Tiffany Haddish Discusses Her New Film, ‘The Card Counter’

Tiffany Haddish stars as La Linda in Focus Features’ The Card Counter. The film is a new dark thriller that comes from Paul Schrader and deals with both the idea of redemption and revenge. The Card Counter hits theaters on September 10.

Redemption is the long game in Paul Schrader’s THE CARD COUNTER. Told with Schrader’s trademark cinematic intensity, the revenge thriller tells the story of an ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions.

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Haddish can recently be seen in Here Today, TBS’ new weekly movie showcase and talk show Friday Night Vibes, Bad Trip, as well as the animated series Tuca & Bertie. Upcoming projects include The Afterparty, On the Count of Three, Mystery Girl, Amblin’s Homecoming Queen, The Unbearable, and Weight of Massive Talent. The actress also serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Netflix stand-up comedy series, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready.

She is best known for her role in the hit comedy Girls Trip. Other film and television work includes Like a Boss, The Kitchen, Between Two Ferns: The Movie, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge on the Run, The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Night School, Nobody’s Fool, The Oath, Kids Say the Darndest Things, Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker, The Last O.G., and The Carmichael Show.

Her Emmy-nominated and GRAMMY-winning comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah, was released back in December 2019 on Netflix, making her the second Black woman ever to win a GRAMMY for Outstanding Comedy Album. Her first stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood debuted in August 2017 on Showtime. Just three months after, the actress made history by becoming the first Black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, which earned her the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Haddish’s memoir called The Last Black Unicorn was released in 2018 and made The New York Times Best Sellers List. The audiobook, narrated by Haddish, was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award for “Spoken Word Album.”

Recently, she founded The She Ready Foundation to help and support foster kids in need. In 2021, The She Ready Foundation launched an Internship Program with Ready To Succeed for foster youth in the SoCal area.

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I had the chance to speak with the actress about what she looks for in roles, a gamble she took that ended up being one of her best choices, what she hopes viewers take away from the film, and more! Watch my interview below to hear everything she shared.