Nicole Beharie talks about her film, ‘Miss Juneteenth’

The "Sleepy Hollow" and "42" actress talks about her powerful role, which is getting Oscar buzz.
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Transcript for Nicole Beharie talks about her film, ‘Miss Juneteenth’
Now to the actress getting Oscar buzz for her performance as a single mom in the drama "Miss juneteenth." "Time" magazine named her one of the ten best performances where she pushes her daughter to win a beauty pageant. Take a look. When I was a kid, I used to go to the pageant every year, dreaming that one day I'd be up there, the girls that won looked like they would float. And had all this hope and promise. I felt that when I won. We are so pleased to welcome Nicole beharie to "Gma." Good morning, Nicole. Good morning, hi, Michael. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. Want to gon' -- congratulate you. It whelm mates when enslaved people in Texas find out they been freed two years earlier by the emancipation proclamation. What has it been like for you to see the surge in interest? A shock. This was a labor of love. We shot in, you know, ft. Worth, Texas, in the middle of the summer, shoestring budget. Gorilla community production and I think a bunch of things came together being stuck in our homes, seeing the uprisings and seeing the awareness happen, sort of in the streets. People just were more interested in these benchmarks in our history, you know. And suddenly juneteenth. Today is the first juneteenth I ever celebrated and a lot talked about then I was on this poster with this crown on saying I'm miss juneteenth. This was a little surreal. The juneteenth pat is a real thing and in the film you play a single mom and what did you draw on your own personal story as an inspiration for this role? Michael, ah, so my mom, my parents divorced at a certain point. My mom worked in the er, or, she was a nurse trying to take care of three kids and I guess now she's a doctor and now I'm doing what I'm doing and I think the story talks a great deal about people persevering and seeing what's beyond their current situation. I love all the women in the community that I was raised in that have really inspired me to keep pushing, even when I didn't see myself in certain spaces, you know. So I really took from that and sort of wanted to honor that story and honor those people in my life. Well, you've done it in a great way, the movie is fantastic and there are a lot of people look at you and model themselves after you so I appreciate your time this morning. Congratulations on all the buzz and all the accolades you're getting for this movie. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. You're welcome. "Miss juneteenth" is available on all major video on demand platforms.

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