Janelle Monae Struggled Shooting Slavery Movie On A Plantation: I Couldn’t Even Talk To My Family Sometimes, It Was Kind Of Unhealthy
Singer and actress Janelle Monae‘s new film “Antebellum” experienced some delays on its release due to the coronavirus pandemic. But while we wait, she has decided to give some insight on her time shooting the movie.
The horror film features Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), speaking out against systemic racism, when she is suddenly, transported back into the 19th Century as a slave living on a plantation, in the South.
“Antebellum” comes from the producers of “Get Out” and “Us” and is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who go under the team name Bush+Renz.
When discussing her time shooting on a plantation, Janelle Monae says she came face-to-face with her ancestors.
“I brought all of my ancestors home with me.”
“And we were filming most of the stuff at night on a plantation, and I felt everything. There were just certain conversations even at craft services that if I heard would be triggering for me.”
Janelle Monae continued and said that at times during filming she had to withdraw from her close ones.
“I couldn’t even talk to my family sometimes. It was kind of unhealthy when I think back.”
Amid a national cry for justice for Black people the movie is oddly on time, and Janelle Monae used a clip promoting the time travel horror movie that goes back in time, to make a statement that,
“We ain’t goin going backwards b*tch”
Check out the official trailer for “Antebellum” below:
“Antebellum” is scheduled for release in the United States on August 21, 2020.
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