After spending just a short amount of time withÂ Ava DuVernayÂ andÂ Omari Hardwick, it was evident to see that the two have quite the chemistry. Itâ€™s a given, considering the duo’s work history. DuVernay made history at the Sundance Film Festival this year by becoming the first African-American woman to win the festivalâ€™s Best Director Award for her new filmÂ Middle of Nowhere, starring Hardwick, newbie Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo. Not too shabby considering it was only her second feature film.
â€œHe [Hardwick] is the only actor that Iâ€™ve worked with twice,â€ says DuVernay. Hardwick, who has starred in films likeÂ Kick-Ass,Â For Colored Girls,Â Miracle at St. AnnaandÂ Sparkle, met DuVernay two years ago when he was cast in her feature debutÂ I Will Follow.Â Since then, the two have shared a beautifully rare working relationship and friendship. â€œWorking with Ava, you just smile all day. Itâ€™s like those best moments with your brothers or your sisters,” says Hardwick.
We recently chatted up the two about their favorite places to dine and indulge inÂ La-La Land.