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Sanaa Lathan Leans On Fellow Black Actresses For Strength

The star of "The Perfect Guy" counts on her peers to help her through difficult days in the acting business.

The entertainment industry can be a cut-throat business -- but lucky for Sanaa Lathan, she says she has a trustworthy support system to lean on when she needs it.

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Friday, Lathan -- who star in the new film "The Perfect Guy" -- told host Zerlina Maxwell that she looks to fellow black actresses to get her through the tough times.  

"The business of Hollywood is not easy for anybody. It's a very specific road for actors and actresses, and specifically for black women. Sometimes you just really are on your knees. Sometimes it's just hard, and I'm sure this happens in every profession," Lathan said.  

As Lathan explained, speaking to peers who have a shared experience can be invaluable when navigating the acting business.

"This is just part of life, but it's really nice to just have somebody who gets that specific journey and that specific struggle. So you can call that person and say, 'Look, I'm going through this today. I just can't do any more.' And then they're like, 'Get up. Get up. Get your strength. Pick yourself up and keep it moving.'"

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with "The Perfect Guy" actress Sanaa Lathan here. 

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