Mary J. Blige is nothing short of spectacular in Dee Rees’ new drama, Mudbound.
Playing a resilient matriarch to a family during time of racial tensions and segregation, Blige was able to tap into her own personal life to bring out emotion in the character. “I was being prepared for this role ever since I was a little kid,” the singer told us. “This woman was in my DNA.”
It was the Grammy Award winner’s divorce from Kendu Issacs, however, that really became the driving force behind the powerful performance. “I was able to give her all of the heaviness and the sadness and the terrible thing I was dealing with it,” she told us.
Mary, who’s ex-husband recently asked a judge for $65,000 per month in spousal support, explained that she was able to let the character “hold” the pain “and be silent with it. Let everything else explode through her eyes and expression.”
According to director Dee Rees, it was Mary’s soul that instantly drew her to the singer. “I wanted an actress who had an external reserve with an interior vulnerability and Mary has that exactly,” Rees told HipHollywood.
Mudbound hits Neftlix on November 17.
Popular on Hip Hollywood
Spoiler Alert! Issa Rae Reveals ‘Insecure’ Beef With Molly May Never End
Sorry folks! The battle between Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) on Insecure may be going down for a...
Ice Cube Doesn’t Want A Verzuz Battle: “It’s Not Going To Happen”
Ice Cube won’t be saying “Yay Yay” to a Verzuz Battle anytime soon. The legendary MC told HipHollywood he’d rather...
Andy Cohen Holds The Key To Phaedra Parks’ Return To ‘RHOA’ Not Kandi Burruss
Reports are swirling that Phaedra Parks could be returning to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Sources tell lovebscott.com that the self-proclaimed southern belle...
Exclusive: Cynthia Bailey On Joining “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” Cast
Just one week after it was reported that Cynthia Bailey got fired from The Real Housewives Of Atlanta cast, she’s...
- CELEBRITY4 days ago
Jamie Foxx, Stephen Jackson Host Rally In Minneapolis For George Floyd
- CELEBRITY4 days ago
Lil Wayne Thinks Black Community Also To Blame For George Floyd’s Death … Here’s Why
- NEWS4 days ago
Madonna’s Son Moonwalks Against Racism
- MOVIES5 days ago
Shameik Moore Under Fire For Remarks About Police Brutality And Rosa Parks