Mary J. Blige Covers Essence magazine November 2017Mary J. Blige Covers Essence

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.