Golden Brooks on what a possible ‘Girlfriends’ movie would look like
Golden Brooks knows fans of “Girlfriends” have been clamoring for a film version for years, and she’s prepared.
The UPN dramedy, focusing on the titular group of African-American women, debuted in 2000 and ran for eight seasons, though fans were denied a proper series finale due in part to the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike.
“[My character] Maya would be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement,” Brooks told Page Six. “She would be doing protests and speeches and getting people to stand up for the community.
“And she would definitely have more self-help books,” 49-year-old Brooks adds. “She’d be the next Iyanla Vanzant with self-help books titled ‘Oh Hell Yes: Volume 1, 2 & 3.’ There would also be ‘Oh Hell No: Volume 1, 2 & 3.’”
As for the rest of the cast of the beloved show, Brooks has been plotting for them as well.
“[Maya’s husband] Darnell has his line of garages. I think Joan [played by Tracee Ellis Ross] will still be looking for love but is also happy in her solitude. Toni [Jill Marie Jones] is trying to be a good mother to her daughter Morgan, and Lynn [Persia White] has finally stopped going to college and got a real job.”
Whether or not a film materializes, Brooks is just fine with the show’s legacy as it stands, though the show’s creator Mara Brock Akil has teased a reboot and the cast reunited on Ross’ current show, “Black-ish.”
“I can win an Emmy or an Oscar and the first question will be ‘Is there gonna be a ‘Girlfriends’ movie?’ And I probably get about 10 stories a day tagged to me with scenes from the show. So I know that it’s part of my fabric. And now with it being on Netflix, it’s in a whole new light. It makes me so happy. It’s just an iconic piece of history that you cannot duplicate.“
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