Mary J. Blige is gracing the November 2017 issue of Essence magazine.
Inside the issue, the “Queen of Hip Hop/Soul” talks about her Oscar buzz-worthy role in Netflix’s “Mudbound.”
The film is about two men who return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
MJB plays the role of Florence Jackson, a mother of four who’s navigating her family through the dangers of being Black while living on a flood-drenched farm in the south.
Mary tells Essence:
Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence… like a lot of it.
[On set] I could hear people whispering, ‘She’s so beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are they talking about?’
I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn’t trying to depart from that.
So when it came time to get into character, I was like, ‘Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?’
If I didn’t let go and give into the character, the movie probably wouldn’t be what it is right now. It was the one thing that needed to be done, and I couldn’t let Dee down.
Watch the intense trailer for “Mudbound” below.
“Mudbound” premieres on Netflix on November 17.