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Exclusive: Mo’Nique Reveals How She Stayed Motivated During Weight Loss Journey

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After nearly five years away from the film industry, Mo’Nique, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for her role in Precious, is back on the big screen as Claire in the heartfelt film, Blackbird. And while critics are raving about the film, others are raving about Mo’Nique’s incredible body transformation.

Over the past year, the 46-year-old went through a long journey to lose weight and to create a healthier lifestyle. In May 2013, the actress had lost up to 82 pounds and today, the actress appears more confident than ever.

While at the premiere of Blackbird, HipHollywood caught up with the star to talk about her weight loss quest and how she stayed motivated.

“The journey has been amazing because it truly lets you know what you’re made of. People always say ‘Mo’Nique, what motivates you?’ And sometimes people say ‘you have to do it for yourself.’ Initially, I couldn’t do it for myself. I had to do it for my husband and my children and I had to get out of my own way.”

She continued, “So I say to those people who are desperately trying to get healthy and those moments when you feel like you can’t go any further, you can. But then I look at my husband and I look at my babies and it gives me that extra push for me to say I want a lifetime with my man and I want to meet my children’s children. That’s what keeps me going.”

Check out what Mo’Nique had to say below:

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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