Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict talk about Tyler Perry’s divorce in Black

ComingSoon editor-in-chief Tyler Treese spoke with Tyler Perry’s Divorce in the Black stars Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict about the thriller. The film was written and directed by Perry and also stars Joseph Lee Anderson, Shannon Wallace and Taylor Polidore, as well as Richard Lawson and Debbi Morgan. It will be released worldwide on Prime Video on July 11, 2024.

“Ava, a young bank teller, is devastated when her husband Dallas abandons the marriage she is so determined to fight for, until fate intervenes and exposes Dallas’ evil deeds that destroyed their marriage and once sabotaged Ava’s destiny to be loved by her true soul mate,” the synopsis reads.

Interview: Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict talk about Tyler Perry's divorce in Black

Meagan, what touched you most about Ava’s journey in Tyler Perry’s Divorce in the Black? Because early on, she goes through this crisis of not knowing who she is, and she feels like she’s wasted the best years of her life, but that’s not the case.

Meagan Good: No, I don’t think anything has ever been wasted because you’re always learning. You’re always growing. And you get stronger if you allow yourself to be, because sometimes people allow difficult situations to make them bitter, but I’m a big believer in letting them make you better. I think what spoke to me the most was the attitude when she said at one point, “Okay, this happened, and I may not have chosen it, but I’m here now, so I’m going to be excited about this next act of my life. And I’m going to be excited about the fact that in some ways it felt like something was ending, but now something is actually beginning.”

Cory, Dallas, your character, he definitely chooses to be bitter. What was it like playing someone who is obviously dealing with trauma from the past, but did you find sympathy for him because you’re forced to say and do some pretty nasty things to this character?

Cory Hardrict: Did I feel sympathy for Dallas? The character… I mean, I felt sympathy for him, I don’t know if I would use the word sympathy, but I felt sympathy for him because of what he went through in his childhood and because there was no one there to support him, to listen to him, so you resort to vices, you resort to different things just to cope. It’s like hiding things, you know? And then he doesn’t treat people well in his relationships.

So yeah, I would say there’s some sympathy for him. But he was a human character. He was flawed, he was real, and there are characters like that. I don’t condone violence or anything like that with women or anything, but that was that character, and those guys and those people live in that world, and sometimes the best art imitates life. You have to tell those stories because they’re honest and real.

Meagan, I was always surprised that you had never worked with Tyler Perry before, and it ended up being as good a fit as I imagined. What really struck you about him as a director?

Good: I just love Tyler. You know, I think he’s a genius. I think he’s very uncompromising. I think he understands exactly what the vision is, what he wants to achieve, what people want to see. For me, we were literally looking for the right thing to collaborate on. When it was a thriller and a genre piece and it was about a character that I think is really, really important to get across, I just thought, “This is it. This is incredible.” It was really wonderful to work with him because he makes you feel valued and seen and appreciated in a way that’s very refreshing in this business. So it was wonderful.

Cory, you have this physical altercation with Joseph Lee Anderson. What was it like filming that fight in Tyler Perry’s Divorce in the Black?

Hardrict: It wasn’t good for me. I can tell you that. You saw how muscular he is. You know, I’m only 182, but the stunt double helped me a lot, so I appreciate my stunt double. But no, it was a well-choreographed scene. We still had fun, but we protected each other because he was a fat brother. I just couldn’t move him, and I tried, I really, really tried to move him, but it just didn’t work. But it’s okay.

Thanks to Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict for discussing Tyler Perry’s “Divorce in the Black.”