The actress who made “Bye, Felicia” famous Angela Means recalls cruelty she received behind the classic role.
Friday’ Actress Angela Means Says She’s Been Harassed Since Starring as “Felicia”
The 1995 stoner comedy starring Cube and Tucker has become part of the cultural lexicon in Hip Hop, however Angela Means tearfully recalled the reaction she received from the public since starring in Friday, 27 years ago.
In recent interview with Comedy Hype, actress Angela Means spoke about people coming up to her and saying, “Bye, you dirty b*tch” following the 1995 film Friday have publicly harassed her for portraying Felicia.
“It was one of the greatest processes that I’ve ever been allowed to be a part of,” she said. “I wrote a very intense bio on her. Some of the things that had happened to her. Her background…where she went to school, everything about her. I put everything down on paper and then I put it inside. I trusted it and Angela went away and this person, Felicia, emerged.”
As the intensity of preparing to act in the film grew, Angela Means said that she was moved by Felicia being misunderstood and dismissed by fellow characters Craig and Smokey. “I was really feeling her emotions, I was feeling a lot of fear, a lot of things that happened to Felicia,” Means recalls. “Maybe people were tired of her… Why was there so much hate for such an obviously beautiful woman? She’s kind, you didn’t hear her using any profanity… Why would they be so unkind to a family member?” Means asks in an emotional outpouring.
Means also commended director F. Gary Gray and screenwriters Ice Cube and DJ Pooh for creating the film, Means expressed that Felicia’s experience “fell through the cracks.”
“Not one time, not even the mother said, ‘Hey, it’s Felicia. I wonder what’s going on with her.’ Not one person,” she said.
Means added that Felicia’s mistreatment in the film haunted her since its release nearly 30 years ago.
“Why would they be so dismissive? Why would no one defend her? And I’ve asked this question for 30 years,” Angela continued while shedding tears. “Why is it so easy for us to dismiss each other like that?… When people come at me and even to this day, I’ll see people saying, ‘Bye, you dirty b****, you f***** up bitch, you dumb b****.’”
“Bye Felicia!” The movie, which was made for an estimated $3.5 million and went on to gross $28 million.