Cover Story: Sanaa Lathan Talks Natural Hair & Bringing “The Perfect Guy” To Fruition

Sanaa Lathan | Hype Hair October 2015

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Veteran actress and stunning beauty Sanaa Lathan ruled the #1 box office spot with the premiere of The Perfect Guy and now she’s ruling Hype Hair magazine’s October cover.

With an impressive list of film, television and Broadway credits, Sanaa Lathan was destined for stardom! As the daughter of a television producer and a stage actress, show business is definitely in her genes.

From our beloved Love & Basketball to her spectacular performance in Raisin in the Sun, we’ve watched her flourish into the seasoned actress that she is today, and best of all, she has so much more in store for us with a string of great new projects lined up. Her latest is the movie The Perfect Guy, starring Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut.


The Perfect Guy came to me three or four years ago just as a pitch, and I was involved in the creative unfolding of it,” says Sanaa, who plays the character of Leah Vaughn, a successful lobbyist who falls for a debonair stranger named Carter. “He’s good looking, he’s charming, he’s smart, they have great chemistry, and she soon finds out that everything isn’t always what it seems.”

Along with The Perfect Guy, the busy actress is slated to star in Now You See Me: The Second Act, with Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson. Best Man Wedding has just been announced, and Sanaa has also landed the role of Tracy Ellison in the film adaptation of Flyy Girl, the popular book series by author Omar Tyree. “It’s finally coming to fruition…I’m excited about that,” said Sanaa.

With her jam-packed schedule, one might guess that the Yale Drama School alum has very little downtime to relax and unwind. But not so, according to her. “The great thing about doing movies and theatre—and I’ve been really focusing on that—is that you have a lot of time off in between, so there is plenty of time to play,” she revealed.

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