Jenifer Lewis is known today as one of the most celebrated and revered actresses in Hollywood. However, her road to superstardom was not an easy one, as detailed in her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood.
While promoting the book, the Black-ish star expounded on one of her most personal life events: talking herself out of being raped.
During a recent appearance on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, the actress revealed to Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy that her rapist came into her house with a knife, but she used her acting chops to luckily get herself out of the situation, physically unharmed.
"The boy came into my house with a knife. I remember that s**t, right now," she recalled. "It was the greatest performance of my life, talking myself out of it."
She explained that she got her attacker to share with her that he was formerly incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit and "just wanted to hurt somebody."
"He cried and he said, 'I just got out of jail and they put me in for something I didn't do.' And he just wanted to hurt somebody," she said. "He wasn't mean. He didn't come in like this [making forceful motions], 'cause I'd of kicked his a*s. You come for me, I'm coming back."
When asked how she overcame the traumatic attack, she gave a simple response.
"I went to therapy for 17 years, twice a week, because I wanted to live," she continued. "I wanted to love myself. I wanted to enjoy my success."
Watch her explain the moment, below, beginning at the 22:19 mark:
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