The lead actress of the new movie “Harriet” says prayer helped her portray a challenging role.
“Harriet” is an American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons about a slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 1, 2019, by Focus Features.
Hollywood actress Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in the biographical film that is coming to theaters this fall. Despite many bewailing the film’s formulaic approach to the story, critics have praised Cynthia for her performance.
After a movie screening at the Urbanworld Film Festival, held last September 18-22 in New York City, a Q&A was held with the cast members. They were asked to describe an “aha moment” they experienced while making the film. Cynthia’s answer was a surprise for everybody.
“The only thing I could do, really, to center myself was to pray,” Erivo shared with the audience during the Q&A. “And I was listening to gospel music just before I went in. And as I walked in to say that prayer, it didn’t feel like I was just saying it as Harriet. It felt like I was saying it as me.”
Cynthia revealed that she had a hard time with a scene in the film where Harriet is faced with the possibility of failing her first mission. This was when God met her and helped her to portray the character well. She also said that her faith got stronger during the making of the film.
“I think the thing that happened as that was happening and throughout, was my faith got stronger,” Erivo said. “The idea that faith really can bring you through something. That was an intense ‘Oh I get it now. I understand.’’’
“Harriet” shows how the political activist single-handedly rescued more than 70 slaves on 19 expeditions. Watch the trailer below!
Reference: The Christian Post