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Tiffany Haddish is busy getting into shape for her upcoming role as Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith Joyner.
In June, it was announced that Haddish would produce and star in a biopic about three-time Olympic Gold-winning track and field athlete.
In an interview with People, Haddish spoke about the perks of playing the record-breaking Olympian.
“This is going to be huge — and my legs are going to be amazing! Florence Griffith Joyner was an amazing human being and the more I’m learning about her, the more I’m like ‘Wow!'” she said.
Joyner set several records in the 1988 Olympics, including those in the 100meter and 200m. She sadly died of an epileptic seizure in 1998.
She was 38.
“First of all, it feels good to be able to wear a two-piece and not feel like, ‘Oh, I got to put a whole sarong on and a very large coverup’ coverall situation. It feels good to be able to be free,” she said. “And the main thing about the whole transformation is my knees feel like they’re happy. And when my legs is happy, Tiffany’s happy.”
Haddish also revealed that she’s gone vegan to help her get the Flo-Jo figure.
“[The 30 Day Transformation Team] gave me this whole vegan menu, meals, and stuff, and so I’m cooking for myself,” she said. “For a gift, [Common] got me a chef to make me these juices, and to make the food in alignment with the program.”
A writer for the biopic has not yet been announced. The Hollywood Reporter also writes that producers are already in talks with brand and distribution partners for the documentary and podcast.
Flo-Jo is still one of the most revered athletes of all time. Haddish will be stepping into some big shoes, but her role on Netflix’s “Self Made,” based on the life of Mada C.J. Walker, proves she has it in her to step up to the plate.