Three-time NAACP award-winning actress Nia Long, 51, and Grammy-winning Everybody Hates Chris star Chris Rock, 56, might be getting along now, but way back, they just couldn’t stand each other.
In the 90s, the pair were set on a blind date but things didn’t quite turn out as expected, they hated each other! Nia Long in an interview with TV One TV, recalling how many celebrities were trying to get her attention said she was being wooed with several grand gestures.
“Dudes sending flowers, diamonds,” Long recalled. “My doorbell rings at 4 o clock in the morning, and there’s this beautiful box of diamond rings that were brought in on a private jet and delivered in the middle of the night. All that was so overwhelming for me.”
Opening up, she also spilled Chris Rock was part of the pack who tried to capture her heart:
“I remember Chris Rock and I were set up on a blind date. He was on Saturday Night Light. He picked me up. We went out. We hated each other,” Long said. “I was like, ‘This dude is not even that f****** funny. And he’s the only dude that has ever given me a false number.”
In an interview on The Wendy Williams Show, Long confided how she discovered the number wasn’t Rock’s by calling him. But Rock admitted this wasn’t done by accident.
The Comic star confirming he indeed gave Nia Long a fake number said:
“Yes, I did it purposely,” Rock revealed. “She was kind of obnoxious.”
Although Long says she wasn’t, Rock believed otherwise. Rock giving details on the said encounter said there was a defining moment that made him stop from pursuing her any further.
“So, at some point in the day, I go, ‘Are you seeing anybody?’” Rock recalled. “And she says, ‘No, but I know where I need to get some d*** if I need it.’”
That particular comment put a dampener on any chance of a romance between him and Long. But fortunately, their friendship has remained intact.
‘Boyz n the Hood’ star Nia Long also revealed she dated Chris Tucker in the past. In an interview with AV Club, Long explained how Tucker got back at her when the two went on a date. Going down memory lane, the celebrity remembered making fun of Tucker’s car.
“I bought myself a BMW. It was so cute. I was shooting Friday at the time, and Chris Tucker and I saw each other on the freeway, on the way to the set,” Long said. “He had a busted window with a pizza box over it because he couldn’t afford to fix the window! We get to work and he goes, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like you.’”
But things changed years later after Long and Tucker met for a dinner date.
“Cut to—all the money he made. Two years ago, we go out to dinner and he picked me up in—ready?—a Phantom Rolls-Royce, which—I couldn’t even figure out how to get the damn car door opened. I said to him: ‘Oh, you want to be like me? I think the tables have turned,’” Long quipped.