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In the new flick Creed Tessa Thompson plays a Philadelphia bred singer, so it’s no surprise the actress says she channeled Jill Scott, the Queen Philly Jawn, for the role.

HipHollywood caught up with Tessa, who plays Bianca in the Ryan Coogler directed film, and she told us all about her preparation, which included recording original music for the film, getting down a real Philly girl accent, and listening to lots of Jill Scott albums.

“I hung out in beauty salons, made voice memos of women talking, I listened to Jill Scott speak, and I watched interviews of her,” revealed Thompson. “She was a big reference point for me.”

She added, “The two women who did my hair, Carla and Sidney, two snaps to them, because we’d sit for 7 hours and they’d help me with my accent.”

Thompson also flexed her vocal chops in the film telling us she had to sing for the role of Micheal B. Jordan’s girlfriend. Check out the full video above and if you haven’t seen Creed, it’s in theaters now.

 

 

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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