Queen of Hip Hop Soul MARY J. BLIGE is nominated for a 2018 ACADEMY AWARD in the categories of Best Supporting Actress for her role FLORENCE JACKSON in the NETFLIX film MUDBOUND, and; Best Original Song for the song MIGHTY RIVER, which is one of the songs from the film!!!
MARY J. BLIGE is the cover story for the SPRING FASHION Issue of NEW YORK Magazine.
Here are some interview interludes:
On MUDBOUND Director DEE REES stripping her down to her natural self enabled her to see her own true beauty:
“I’m Mary J. Blige. I mean, like, this is what I do. I wear wigs, I wear bob wigs, and I had to completely strip down to my own natural hair texture, which I’ve always been afraid of. Dee stripped me down all the way to what I truly am, and people were complimenting me. People were saying how beautiful I was. I didn’t know I was that beautiful for real. You understand what I’m saying? I didn’t know that.”
On how when she is singing for her fans, she is also singing for herself:
“If I’m onstage every single night, it can’t just be for my fans. It obviously is for me, too.”
“I’m going to feel it like it was the first day. I’m going to relive ‘No More Drama.’ I don’t have a choice. These things really happen, so they just turn up again. And if it’s healing for someone else, it’s therapy for someone else, it’ll be therapy for me as well.”
On using her own life experiences to relate to her character FLORENCE:
“I hate pain, but I know how to deal with it. To do the assignment God has sent me to do, I have to live certain things. And unfortunately I’m constantly living it. You understand what I’m saying? It’s like trying to talk to a prison class, but you’ve never been to prison.”
On the beginnings of her working relationship with PUFF DADDY:
“What I loved about Puff is he immediately saw — I mean, instead of a tight dress, he put a baggy Armani suit on me with some Teflon boots. I wore a miniskirt sometimes, a pleated miniskirt, but I wore boots with it. But I hated skirts, I hated dresses, because I sit like this” — she leans forward, elbows on knees, legs spread. “I can’t sit like that with a miniskirt on.”
On how her look and demeanor were also related to SURVIVAL:
“I worked with a lot of men and grew up around a lot of men. I didn’t want them to look at me like that. I kind of sat like them, talked like them, even subconsciously, so they wouldn’t look at me like I’m a girl.”
On what she ultimately has learned about herself:
“I learned that I’m a really powerful woman. I mean, other than just being Mary J. Blige, the superstar, I learned that I’m powerful because I don’t have to say much to be heard.”