Baggage Claim is in theaters nationwide and the film’s star Paula Patton is covering this week’s issue of Rolling Out magazine. In the film, Patton stars as a flight attendant who is determined to find a man in 30 days, and by traveling 30,000 miles, before her sister’s wedding. On the cover, Patton styles in a black python jacket and dress. During her interview, Patton opens up about her character (Montana Moore) in Baggage Claim, women finding their soul mate, “Mr. Right” and love. She also offers marriage advice and talks about making it last. Below are some highlights:
Boris Kodjoe, Paula Patton and Derek Luke
Your character, Montana Moore, is determined to find her soul mate and it’s a dilemma many women face when they reach a certain age. Why do you think this is the case? Is it because of family members?
The modern woman, today, is stuck between an archaic attitude and the new attitude where you can create your own destiny. It’s unfortunate when aunts and grandparents
the woman can be as successful as she wants to be, but it’s never enough. If she’s not married and doesn’t have a baby, she’s not [considered] successful. It makes it so hard on women when it’s not the case. We wanted to accomplish two things with this movie, the happy ending where a woman discovers and loves herself just the way she is and [doesn’t] care about what others think. Then, there’s the other happy ending.
Is it better for a woman to wait for Mr. Right?
That’s where we need to go as women is to find some comfort in that. The moment we stop looking and caring, they all come flocking when you’re not looking.
Why is it important to be open and prepared to receive Mr. Right?
I am so glad that I am in a relationship or I would be messed up. Only people who love you can tell you “you know it’s annoying when you do this” and “you need to stop saying this when you are out in public.” It helps you grow as a human being. Hopefully, you enter the relationship open and ready to learn and this person who tells you there are some flaws you need to work on, you should listen. That’s what I love about my relationship and it has made be a better human being.
Does love complete a person?
People think finding love is going to complete them. It’s much more important that you are already complete when you enter that bond. That can make the search for love so hard when you’re thinking that’s the thing that will make me important or special.
You have to be a full human, love yourself and the partner is there to be the dessert. You have to be the meal.
What’s the best marriage advice you can offer?
It’s a marathon; it’s not a sprint. As women, we get caught up in that day when you get to be a princess. When that day is over, you’re like, wait, hold on a second! What just happened? Do I even want to sleep with this person? That’s why marriage is beautiful. The longer it [lasts], that’s someone who loves you inside and out, loves you for all your flaws.
What’s the secret to making it last?
It’s about being yourself, loving yourself and finding that person who loves you just the way you are. Who doesn’t like to see people go on a journey, travel everywhere?
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