When media mogul and multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry shares his time management skills and morning routine, you listen! The filmmaker, who recently became the first-ever African American to fully own a major film production studio with his 330-acre Atlanta filming complex, stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, January 15, to discuss his first-ever project with Netflix A Fall From Grace.
“I just do things quickly; efficiently,” Perry told Seacrest while discussing his time management, which paid off given they filmed the upcoming thriller in just five days. “You know, what I do is I work really, really hard, but I build in breaks,” he added. “I’ll take a month off, two months off, three months off, so I build in breaks around the holidays, around my son’s birthday and the summer, you know? Things like that so we have our moments where we work really hard, but [we keep those boundaries] absolutely. I don’t let anyone cross them. They’re very important.”
Perry, who is behind 40-something films now, also shared his morning routine has changed in the new year.
“I used to start with a prayer in the morning and then watch [Good Morning America] and then get up and get my day started as CNN or something is in the background, but I found myself being inundated with all the negativity so I was like 'stop that,'” he shared. “Do the prayer. Get up and do some exercising. Do some running and dancing; go for a walk and let that be that. Start the day dancing.”
A Fall From Grace marks Perry’s first-ever collaboration with Netflix and revolves around a woman who is indicted for murdering her husband while her lawyer thinks there may be a conspiracy at play.
“Everybody asks how do I write so quickly? How do I write all these stories? This was all born out of trauma for me,” the writer, producer, director and actor continued. “As a kid, I had to have an imagination just to make it through the day and that thing became my gift. Talk about something working together for your good. It became my gift because that’s where I go to write. I can sit in a room by myself and hear these voices, hear these people talking, as if I’m taking notes … [and] I just wanted to write a story about boy meets girl … and twist it and twist it and I can’t even talk too much about it because there’s so many twists in it people are blown away when they see it.”
Watch back the full interview in the video above and stream A Fall From Grace on Netflix on Friday, January 17.