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Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Finding Confidence While Filming 'Mudbound'

Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Finding Confidence While Filming 'Mudbound'

Mary J. Blige is on the cover of Essence‘s November issue, out on newsstands Friday (October 20).

Here’s what the 46-year-old singer and actress had to say:

On gaining confidence in her role as Florence Jackson in Netflix’s Mudbound: “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?’”

On getting into character for the role: “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?’”

On letting her guard down: “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 [Rees] down.”

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  • meme

    she looks ridiculous.

  • Wednesday Girl

    Mary J Blige looks absolutely amazing. I saw a small snippet of her playing the role of Florence.
    And I was blown away. I hope she win a Golden Globe.. SAG..and Oscar. Flawless, superb acting from her.
    Go Mary!!!!

  • calafeast

    Forget about finding confidence: find some money, bitch.
    This self-aggradizing idiot has-been is broke as a joke. She, like almost all black entertainers, have no idea how to save, invest, and spend.
    Such trash.

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