In “Think Like a Man Too,” the sequel to the hit comedy inspired by Steve Harvey's advice book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” the whole gang heads to Las Vegas for a wedding and, more importantly to some, rival bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Figuring people got enough of Kevin Hart and the guy's antics the first time out, director Tim Story thought it would be nice to give the ladies more to do this time around. Good idea.
We talked to four of the actresses — La La Anthony, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Taraji P. Henson — about that and other stuff. All at once. It was better than a weekend in Vegas.
Q: I don't suppose that much advice from the book made it into this sequel.
LLA: At a certain point after you've read the book and you've applied the rules, you have to start thinking for yourself. You've got to take the training wheels off. That's what this movie was for all the women, supporting each other and giving each other good advice.
Q: What was it like getting back together for the sequel?
RH: It was fun to come back. I got to work with lovely women; nice, beautiful, funny, talented, charming women. We were lucky enough to have a good time, and even when we were tired, we could entertain each other.
Q: And you were all in Vegas.
TPH: I'm not big on Vegas, but y'know, that just goes to speak on my talents as an actor. (laughs) But the main thing was, we didn't go home.
RH: That made a bonding, made us closer.
TPH: I stayed in her bed! I stayed either in Regina's room or La La's room. If we were in L.A., we wouldn't do that; we would all go home.
Q: What was wrong with Meagan's room?
TPH: Meagan is married, so Meagan would leave a lot. And La La got kind of quiet once ‘Melo (her husband, New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony) was done with his season. I was like, “‘Melo, really? You're taking my friend. Now I have nowhere to go!” I was like, “When is he leaving?”
Q: OK. The rest of you, what are some of the standout times you've had in Las Vegas? Or things you'd like to forget?
LLA: Well, they say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The No. 1 rule is not to tell anything that happens in Vegas. And some things, we'd probably like to forget because, you know, it's Vegas.
Q: Either of you want to ‘fess up?
MG & RH: (in unison) No! No no no.
Q: How about weddings?
LLA: Once again, there are certain things that you just don't talk about . . . Y'know, strippers, dancing, the usual stuff.
MG: My bachelorette party was pretty mild and tame. But I did do the Pussycat Dolls. That was fun, until I bit it on the stage and I almost fell off the side.
TPH: I've got nothing. All of my friends are single.
Q: Meagan, can you say a little bit about growing up in the San Fernando Valley?
MG: It was interesting, because we'd drive to Hollywood for auditions when we were kids and we'd be so excited about maybe seeing stars there. It was a totally different world for us, even though we were only 20 minutes away. I started acting as a young kid, and I will say that everything was great and accessible. And I loved growing up in the Valley. I love the weather!
Q: Even in summer?
TPH: I love that! I love heat. I hate being cold.
Q: You and Regina are from humid Washington.
TPH: D.C. Whoop whoop!
Q: You're both the same age. Did you know each other back in D.C.?
TPH: We did not, and I think that's a good thing ‘cause we might not have made it to California if we had. I think God destined it to happen this way.
RH: Yeah, we might have wound up dating drug dealers if we'd stayed. Oh Lordy.
TPH: Sorry, that's what was poppin' off when we were there.
RH: It's true!
Q: This movie gives the women more to do than the first one did.
TPH: In the first movie we were all in our respective relationships, so the girls never really interacted except with their best friend. The boys did. So again, it was so fun to come back and have the girls all come together.
RH: Also, this one was driven by our own actions and interaction. It wasn't just driven by, “He hasn't called . . .” It was nice that friendship drove this one.
Q: Have anything to say about the guys in this movie?
LLA: There were guys in the movie?
TPH: Well, there was this one guy. He was really little, and I couldn't figure out if he was a man or a boy. He had a built little body, but he looked kinda weird, like a 6-year-old body builder.
Q: Regina, is it easier to work with that guy when he's just over there with the other dudes, or when you have to do goofy sex scenes with Kevin like in “About Last Night.”
RH: He gives you a lot to respond to, a lot to work off of. He makes it fun, and he's a good dude. He's one of those people who has not changed at all. He's the same person that he was before “Ride Along.”
LLA: Even though he's, like, this megastar now.
TPH: I can still get him on the phone!