Mary J Blige
Singer Mary J Blige has said her latest acting role saved her from the pain of her ongoing divorce.
The Grammy award-winning star plays Florence Jackson. She plays the wife and mother of a family of sharecroppers, in the new Netflix film Mudbound. The Queen of R&B said the role helped her let go of her professional vanity.
“Mary J Blige the business, not the person, is the manufactured, material, vain person”, she said.
“So, I had to shed her once I saw Florence’s wardrobe and when I found out I couldn’t wear any lace-fronts”.
She adds that because she couldn’t get a perm or wear lashes or nails, “I had to shed the manufactured, business Mary”.
“Once I shed her it was easy for Mary to say ‘You know what? I’m going to give every piece of darkness that I’m dealing with right now, because I have some challenges in my life as well, so I’m going to give you all of this heaviness and all of this sadness and insecurity and feeling inferior because this is what you’ve been told in this bad situation and I’m going to give it to you’.
“‘But I’m also going to give you Mary’s strength that she gained, so you can have all these different things.’ So, once I committed to Florence, Florence started saving Mary’s life”.
Blige said it was while she was filming on location in Louisiana that her marriage to manager Kendu Isaacs was falling apart. In July 2016, she cited irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce.
In the film, she plays the mother of a young man, played by Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell.
Returning home from the Second World War, the man strikes up an unlikely friendship with a white fellow veteran.