“Harriet” Star Cynthia Erivo for Essence Magazine

Posted on November 04, 2019

“Sometimes I think I am literally the smallest, most unimportant thing in the room…But Harriet was small, like me, and was able to do so much. Playing her taught me that my actions can change the world. I want young women to feel like they, too, have earned a place in this world, and they should use it well…” — “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo, ESSENCE.com


ON SHOWING HARRIET’S HUMANITY: “…I desperately wanted to show her as a woman. I don’t think we know enough about that. She was a fully realized woman who had love in her life and heartbreak and family she cared for and desperately wanted to be with. That was what drove her…”

ON FIGHTING LIKE HARRIET: “We’re in a dangerous place right now when people who have nothing to do with us are making decisions about our lives and our bodies…We’re watching changes that were made for our freedom getting rolled back. Having done this movie, I feel more impassioned than ever about making sure that we as women are able to preserve our rights…”

LEANING ON FAITH WHILE PLAYING THIS ROLE: “Sometimes showing your faith brings embarrassment because of where we are in the world now. But Harriet’s faith is what kept her alive. I don’t believe I could have been here without something much larger than me giving me health and strength and putting wonderful opportunities in my life, especially when I look back at the last four or five years…”



Styled Credits:
Pamella Roland Organza and Ostrich Feather Coat from the Fall 2019 Collection

Stylist: Ade Samuel
Hair: Coree Moreno
Makeup: Terrell Mullin

[Photo Credit: Saint/Essence Magazine, pamellaroland.com, modaoperandi.com]

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