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Exclusive: Mary J. Blige Uses Divorce To Deliver Emotional Performance In ‘Mudbound’

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Mary J. Blige is nothing short of spectacular in Dee Rees’ new drama, Mudbound. 

Playing a resilient matriarch to a family during time of racial tensions and segregation, Blige was able to tap into her own personal life to bring out emotion in the character. “I was being prepared for this role ever since I was a little kid,” the singer told us. “This woman was in my DNA.”

It was the Grammy Award winner’s divorce from Kendu Issacs, however, that really became the driving force behind the powerful performance. “I was able to give her all of the heaviness and the sadness and the terrible thing I was dealing with it,” she told us.

Mary, who’s ex-husband recently asked a judge for $65,000 per month in spousal support, explained that she was able to let the character “hold” the pain “and be silent with it. Let everything else explode through her eyes and expression.”

According to director Dee Rees, it was Mary’s soul that instantly drew her to the singer. “I wanted an actress who had an external reserve with an interior vulnerability and Mary has that exactly,” Rees told HipHollywood.

Mudbound hits Neftlix on November 17.

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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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