Aunty Mary just needs some TLC… While sitting down with her co-star Selma Hayek on the “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors”, Mary discussed how the Director of Mudbound came to her at a point of insecurity and low self-esteem, which caused her to initially resist when director Dee Rees called for her to strip off her makeup and other beauty accessories for the role.
Mary J. Blige on how the role enlightened her:
“I didn’t really realize that I was hanging onto so many things of the world that made me feel beautiful. I was fighting for fingernails, and fighting for wigs and things like that. And I just didn’t wanna strip down, because I just was afraid,” Blige said. “Once I trusted [Rees] and let Florence live, she really liberated me. She really opened me up to my own inner beauty for real. Not what I thought I’d learn, but really truly who I am. And that none of this matters, you know?”
At that defining moment, Mary decided to embrace her inner beauty and just let all hang out.. Flaws and all which, was very therapeutic for her she revealed.
The seventh season of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.