I learned a lot by playing Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul”
Actress Cynthia Erivo said she “learned a lot” playing Aretha Franklin in a television series.
She played the singer, dubbed the Queen of Soul, in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha.
Erivo, who is also a musician, said Franklin’s portrayal informed her understanding of the music industry.
Speaking at the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, she told the PA News Agency, “She is one of the women who truly embodies resilience and determination, and her artistry has no qualms. limits.
“I learned a lot about how to navigate the music industry and how to navigate music, and how to decide what you want and how to be steadfast in it.
“She was an amazing woman and didn’t have it easy, but she kept going anyway.”
Franklin “took no prisoners and was not afraid to ask what she deserved,” Erivo added.
“When she finally decided to seek credit from a producer on her album Amazing Grace, it was a big moment for her and it changed the way the music industry viewed women in their music,” a- she declared.
“Because a lot of times we were just artists, and only artists, and we couldn’t really have autonomy and she changed that. “
Oscar-nominated actress Erivo, 34, won the music award in recognition of playing Franklin at the awards ceremony on Tuesday.
“It was wonderful to be able to be celebrated because of her because it feels like part of it for her,” Erivo said.
She added that she was “really upset and surprised and really proud” to have received the award.
Erivo’s first solo album, titled Ch. 1, vs. 1, was released earlier this year.