Tiffany Haddish has had a hard 2022. The 42-year old started the new year with the loss of her 13-year-old dog, as well as the deaths of several people important to her life, including Bob Saget, comedian.
“I’m going through some things over here,” Haddish told ET’s Nischelle Turner via Zoom on Thursday while promoting her new Apple TV+ series, The Afterparty. “My personal life has fallen apart. This year, people are happy for a new year. I’m like, no, neutral New Year. I will be neutral throughout the year.”
Haddish specifically referenced Saget, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 9 at the age of 65.
She shared, “That man–he taught me so many things.” “I first met him at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp when I was 16. He was always supportive and kind.”
Haddish believed that Saget’s real life persona was similar to his. Full HouseIn some ways, it is the same as its counterpart.
“You know how you feel when you see TV and think, “I wish I had a father like that?” She said that he became like this — he was like a father figure to her. He changed from being a father figure to being a big brother around the age of 21. He’d be like, ‘Alright, let’s go out.’ He would send me messages telling me he was proud to see me.
Haddish stated that Saget helped her behave and speak as she truly is.
“He would say, “Tiffany forget everything. You have to be yourself, and do what is right for you. He was one of the few people who encouraged me to be me. You know, in Hollywood people are always trying to encourage you to be something you’re not, like, ‘Oh you need to look this way. You shouldn’t use this word. You’ve got too much of a country twang. You sound too ghetto. He was one the few white men to say, “Be your best.” “You’re a strong Black woman. Be that!”
Haddish’s comedic talents will be shown in The Afterparty which is a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality.
Haddish told ET that it was British comedian Jamie Demetriou that cracked her up the most while filming.
“I was going to burst out laughing but I couldn’t. My character has to eat in one of the scenes and I’m eating or whatever and he says something so funny one time. “I told you it was against COVID regulations, because that food flew from my mouth,” she said. “That man, that man is absolutely amazing.
The AfterpartyPremieres Jan. 28th on Apple TV+