Mary J. Blige says her 'Mudbound' character 'was already in my DNA'

The singer and actress opens up about her role as Florence Jackson in the new drama, revealing that she could relate very well to her character.
2:49 | 11/15/17

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Transcript for Mary J. Blige says her 'Mudbound' character 'was already in my DNA'
We are back with the incredible Mary J. Blige taking on the big screen getting a lot of awards buzz for her new role in the drama "Mudbound" and sat down recently to talk about it. Take a look. ??? Mary is back ??? Reporter: She's the multiplatinum music superstar. ??? We're in the thick of things ??? Reporter: Known for her powerhouse vocals. ??? No more drama ??? Reporter: But in her starring role as Florence in "Mudbound" the glamorous Mary J. Blige is transformed. You just come back. I will. You come all the way back. Reporter: This movie, wow. We see you like we've never seen you before. Truly in so many ways. How did you prepare to be so stripped down? How did I prepare? It was all Dee Reese's direction. All her idea to just make Mary J. Blige disappear. Any reservations. Of course, I had nothing but rest servations in doing that I didn't know I was so vain when it was time to play Florence. I was hanging on to things. Can she have lashes. I was fighting to get a strip of lash at least. Just a little something of Mary Jane. A little bit but Dee said, no, Mary, I said, fine, no Mary. We want Florence 100%. I won't be working for them. I be working for us. In fact, you were so unrecognizable as Florence I understand that one of your on screen sons didn't even know you were you. That's the truth. And he -- you know, when he found out it was me, he was just staring like it just can't be. You've obviously been in movies before but nothing like quite like this. How did you prepare for such a heavy role. Of course, I had to get an acting coach and of course, Dee had these workshops before we got in front of the camera and, of course, I think I was being prepared my withhold childhood life because my mom would send us to Georgia to see my grandparents and I would see my grandmom as this woman and my ups as this woman so she was already in nye DNA and knew to to move like a southern woman and speak like a southern woman. They say it's bad luck to see somebody leave. When asked what's next you said more movies. But please say there's going to be more music too. Definitely. Music is my first love. That's my baby. That's the thing that gives me wings and helps me fly and helps me to be competent as well so definitely more music. ??? Going down ??? Thank you very much. Congratulations. It's an incredible film. Thank you so much. And "Mudbound" premieres on Netflix and hits limited theaters Friday. Go check it out but first right

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