Tyler Perry now has his own star on Hollywood Boulevard.
The media mogul was honored on Tuesday, and Idris Elba, who starred in his 2007 film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” was in attendance, and so was Kerry Washington, who played in his 2010 release “For Colored Girls.”
Crystal Fox, who plays in Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” as Hanna Young, was there too, and the writer, director and actor was praised for his many accomplishments.
“When we talk about stars, we talk about ones on this pavement or the ones in the sky, you’re both,” said Elba. “We are astronauts in your universe, brother.”
“Your star is now alongside so many others, but you must remember it celebrates a man who has resolutely blazed your own fierce and faithful path,” Washington stated.
When Perry gave his speech, he said the star represents encouragement for those facing tough times as they pursue their dreams.
The 50-year-old, who overcame homelessness, also said he wants his star to be a reminder to people to keep going despite the obstacles they face.
“I want you to walk past this star in particular and know that I’ve been there,” Perry explained. “I’ve been struggling, I’ve been out, broke, homeless. I’ve been through all of those things, but there was a perseverance, a tremendous faith in God, and this hope that allowed me to keep going.”
“I’m sure everybody has a story here who’s been immortalized here, but this one in particular is for the underdogs,” he added. “This one in particular is for the ones who want to do it their way. This one in particular is for those who want to bring as many people through the door with them as they can.”
Perry’s star is reportedly the 2,675th since the Walk of Fame was finished in 1961. And the honor comes right before the official opening of the new Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct 5.
Plus, his new shows “The Oval” and “Sistas” will premiere on BET on Oct. 23, which are part of the deal he signed with the Viacom-owned BET a couple of years ago.