TILL Star Danielle Deadwyler Covers Town & Country Magazine

Posted on January 13, 2023

TILL star Danielle Deadwyler covers the February digital cover of Town & Country magazine photographed by Erik Carter and styled by Jason Rembert.

 

 

On the parallels she sees in her own life raising a young boy with that of Mamie Till: “I was having the conversations then about how to navigate the world as a young Black boy” with her own child, Deadwyler says. “Not about the South, but about how the world will perceive you or misperceive you, how you have to be hyperaware, but not wanting to instill fear.”

On how the movie Till focuses on the story of Mamie, the mother of 14-year-old Emmett, who was abducted and murdered by white racists in Mississippi in 1955: “I knew the story, but not this story,” Deadwyler says.

On how Till carries the tragic weight of history and focuses so intensely on the maternal main character: The arc of the film is what Deadwyler calls “a magnificent love” that extends beyond Emmett’s short lifetime. “How is she caring for him when he is there? What is the care and love when he’s taken and lynched?” she asks. “And what is the care and love when it shifts to seeking justice?”

On how she has spent the last year trying to restore balance to her life following the Till filming and how her next project, the action thriller Carry-On, will be much less somber: Still, “there’s an impact emotional trauma has on the body,” Deadwyler says about playing Mamie… She is also beginning to absorb the fact that her career will never be the same. “I’m trying to parse it out to see what it all really means,” she says. “I have to hold on to a certain quality of self. And I’m just excited for whatever the unknown is.”

 

[Photo Credit: Erik Carter for Town & Country Magazine]

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