Mo'Nique on Why She Refuses to Shave

Oscar nominee talks about unorthodox personal grooming habits, "open marriage."

ByABC News
March 5, 2010, 3:20 PM

March 5, 2010 — -- For the actress Mo'Nique, the road to the Academy Awards was a long one.

Born Monique Imes in Woodlawn, Md., the future star worked as a bank teller, a chicken restaurant employee and a supervisor at a phone sex line before she first took the stage at a Baltimore comedy club and proved that she could knock 'em dead.

An incredibly versatile performer, Mo'Nique has gone on to conquer pretty much every stage she stepped onto.

The actress made a name for herself on the UPN series "The Parkers." She has a lucrative movie career, starring in films such as "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" and "Soul Plane." She hosted the first season of "Charm School" on VH1 and currently stars in her own talk show, "The Mo'Nique Show," on BET.

Now Mo'Nique, 42, is poised to take home her biggest trophy yet: a best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of an abusive mother in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." The star already has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for her performance.

In the final "Barbara Walters Oscars Special," Mo'Nique sat down with Walters to talk about her life, her career and her plans for the future.

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Walters and Mo'Nique discussed potentially prickly topics, including her unorthodox personal grooming habits: Was it true that she does not believe in shaving her legs?

"No ma'am," said Mo'Nique. "If you have seen my legs, Barbara, now I'm 42, and I'm very hairy.

"Now, the older you get, your hair drops off, right?" she said. "So, as a younger woman, I was even hairier. I tried shaving one time. It was so uncomfortable and so painful, and when it grew back, it grew back even thicker, and more of it. I said never again would I do that to myself."

And how, Walters asked, does her husband, Sidney Hicks, feel about that?

"He loves the hairy legs," said Mo'Nique.

"Well," said Walters, "what else matters, then?"