Regina King is staying busy in the best ways. When she’s not partnering with Wells Fargo to donate $1 million to Kollab Youth, a Los Angeles-based program that helps underserved kids with career opportunities, she’s starring as Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president, in the upcoming Netflix film Shirley.

SheKnows caught up with King to chat about her upcoming slate of exciting projects — and we covered everything from the important financial tip she never forgets to capturing Chisholm and her trailblazing story.

SheKnows: Last year, PEOPLE Magazine asked you what you care about, and you said financial literacy. Why is that topic so important to you? 

Regina King: I think we talk so often about our emotional health and our physical health — which is very important. Financial health is a thing that’s important as well, and part of being financially healthy is to be financially literate. That, I believe, starts early on. It starts as you’re learning the tools to communicate with people, as you’re learning tools of [what to] put in your body to keep it healthy, tools to know how to operate so that you’re not struggling.

SheKnows: Are there any lessons, tricks or tips that you were taught about financial health early in your life that stay with you to this day? 

King: It’s really simple but very, very early on, at a young age once I started making money myself, my mother started investing our money with financial advisors. She would take my sister and I to wealth advisors [and we’d be there] on the peripheral to watch her meet with them and talk about what our money was going to be invested in and what those returns would look like. A lot of it – I’m not going to lie – was kind of like Charlie Brown’s parents talking. Some of it I tuned out on, but one thing that did stick with me is Florence Elliott, one of the wealth advisors, she said for every dollar spent, at least $2 should be earned.

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