June 13, 2024


Art Is Experience

Raven Goodwin Amber Riley relate to ‘Single Black Female’ characters

Raven Goodwin and Amber Riley both of those produced names for them selves when maneuvering by means of the hurdles of Hollywood.

So it’s effortless for them to relate to the people they engage in in the upcoming Life time motion picture, “Single Black Female,” airing Feb. 5 at 8 p.m.

In the film, a twist on the 1992 thriller “Single White Female” (starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda), Goodwin stars as Monica who, subsequent the loss of life of her father and a terrible separation, attempts to land a work hosting an afternoon talk show.

She hires a new assistant, Simone (Riley), and they come to be shut mates. But just after Simone moves in future door and immerses herself in Monica’s life, her creepy aspect starts off to emerge — with tragic effects and a revelation of her deep, darkish mystery. K. Michelle and Janet Hubert co-star.

Goodwin, 29, who co-starred on BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” stated she has usually attempted to audition for roles that stretched her boundaries.

“I have study for sections that have been virtually for a caucasian [actress] and have … nothing at all to do with me currently being a massive black woman. None of that,” she stated. “I normally feel that perhaps I can improve people’s minds and totally modify the character. I think it’s all about a sensation, about connecting … with the dialogue and setting up the character’s daily life over and above the web page.

“Once you do that, the sky’s the restrict.”

Photo of Raven Goodwin and Amber Riley in "Single Black Female" (their characters are taking a selfie).
Monica and Simone share a chuckle (for now) in “Single Black Female.”

Riley, 35, who played Mercedes Jones on the Fox sequence “Glee,” mentioned she shares identical sentiments, specially as it applies to the tunes market.

“I was signed to a record label and my most important qualm with them was they experienced an strategy of who I was, and what my voice was, even right after I received on ‘Glee,’ on which I was typecast,” she reported. “There were being some scenes exactly where I received to break out of that, which is truly dope, but I was never ever a belter, the person that sang loud and hollered. I was a classically skilled singer.

“But mainly because I was a fat black girl it was like, ‘Oh, no this is who you have to be.’ And I fought in opposition to that.”

Riley not long ago made it apparent that she does not want to be known as “Mercedes” on Twitter soon after another person continuously identified as her by her character’s title on “Glee.”

“I despise when ppl call me Mercedes. Set some respect on my identify. Get in touch with me AMBER or RILEY,” she tweeted on Jan. 15.

“I did a song with R&B singer Eric Bellinger yrs ago named ‘Never Be Lonely,’” she mentioned. “I recall likely on YouTube since I did a tunes video for [the song] and anyone said, ‘Man her voice doesn’t match her face. I was questioning why the significant woman was in the movie but then I recognized that was her voice.’

“I just imagined that was so fascinating and I explained, ‘I’m going to keep on to sing this way so that persons will see me.’”