“It’s inspired by my childhood and how different I was and how hard it was for me to fit in,” Haddish said about Layla, the Last Black Unicorn. “Realizing that my differences can be my wins and it can help others, and so I wanted to share that with kids. Also, growing up, I didn’t see too many books by Black female authors, so I thought this was a good way to start kicking that door open—even though there are a lot of books out by Black, female authors now, because I was a kid a very long time ago—but I figured I’d join the club.”
And while she’s still “here for the grown-ups,” Haddish hopes her Hollywood journey will help inspire others to never give up on their dreams.
“I’m literally sitting in the house that I used to walk past as a young girl and say, ‘That’s my house. That’s my house.’ I bought that house,” she said on Daily Pop. “I bought this house off the Internet because that was my dream to, like, ‘That’s my house.’ And I got it. Everything I’ve ever wanted, for the most part—there’s a few things I don’t have—but I’ve achieved it. Did I think it was gonna happen? I wasn’t sure, never was sure, but I always put the work in to get to it.”