Queen Latifah Says Her Toughest Role Was Playing A Gay Character In "Set It Off" blogged by @BenitaShae ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ QueenLatifah's career has stood the test of time and during a sit down with Tracee Ellis Ross for InstyleMagazine, she explained why playing a gay character has been her "toughest role" to date. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For years, Latifah's sexual orientation has been a topic of conversation and this interview has everybody wondering all over again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in SetItOff, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘Listen, I’m playing a gay character,'” Latifah says in the interview. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’ They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Queen Latifah made the right decision to move forward with the film. It was a hit and quickly became a cult classic. Though it's unclear whether Latifah drew from her own sexuality for the role, does it even matter? What are your thoughts?