Sanaa lathan dating history
(“Honestly, if there were no love scenes, I probably would’ve contemplated it more.”) Prince-Bythewood: I felt that every time you’d see -- especially women’s ball, which was very rare anyway -- but on TV or film, it just set us back ten years. So she was like, “Well, I’m going to have to start auditioning you as a basketball player, like on the basketball court.” That was pretty tough. She kind of kept me around and in the mix and kept auditioning basketball players …Prince-Bythewood: It was very important to me to have an athlete, so when we started auditions, they had to read, but they also had to meet me on the court … I [wanted to] read Serena Williams [she spoke to our casting director, but she was unavailable], I read Marion Jones [for an audition on tape], you know, before the controversy. But I finally said to her, “Look, if you want me to keep doing this and keep coming back, you have to get me a coach.” I didn’t have the part, but that was just what made sense.Fifteen years ago, the 2000 release of “Love & Basketball,” redefined what was considered a sports movie by bypassing the genre altogether.For many athletes, the story of Monica and Quincy, childhood neighbors (portrayed by actors Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps) who grew up playing basketball and falling in love, resonated so much.I believe quite a bit of her challenges came before it was submitted to New Line … It was really a question of making it at a price so that it wasn’t too risky.
“Love & Basketball” was the first film by writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who after first trying to make the move from television with a comedy about four friends in college, scrapped that idea and in 1997 began writing what she knew: growing up as a female basketball player.She was better, but you couldn’t throw her out in a game and have her really hang.