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Mary J. Blige says she didn’t realize how vain she was until award-winning Mudbound role


Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound”: Courtesy of NetflixMary J. Blige accepted the Breakthrough Performance award for her role in Mudbound at the 29th Palm Spring International Film Festival Awards Gala Tuesday.

In her acceptance speech, People Style reports that the singer-actress said that playing the role of Florence Jackson in the Netflix film was a “heavy experience,” and that she didn’t “realize how vain” she was, until she had to portray the character. 

“Seriously I had to leave a lot of myself behind, a lot of Mary J. Blige behind,” she added. 

“A lot of wigs, a lot of lashes, a lot of makeup, a lot of nails, you know, the whole thing.” 

Still, the “Real Love” artist also expressed just how “therapeutic” the whole Mudbound experience was.

“I poured a lot of my personal pain into [Florence]. And she healed me. She healed parts of me that I didn’t even realize were broken,” she said.

“So connecting with her was a blessing for me personally. I know she was aside me the whole time because my whole family is Southern,” Mary continued. 

“And when [we] were kids, my mom would send us to Georgia in the summer. My grandmother and my aunts are this woman, Florence.”  

Mary is up for two Golden Globes — one for Best Supporting Actress and another for Best Original Song — for her acting work in Mudbound and for the song “Mighty River,” featured on the movie’s soundtrack. 

The 75th Golden Globes air live from the Beverly Hilton January 7 on NBC. 

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