CYN­THIA ERIVO

SHOW­CAS­ING TO­MOR­ROW’S STARS TO­DAY

Empire (UK) - - INTRO - HE­LEN O’HARA

What can you tell us about your role in heist thriller Wid­ows?

Wid­ows is badass. It’s about these four women who have to take their lives back in their own hands. Three of them have lost their hus­bands [in] a heist, and these women are left with their debt, so they de­cide to take over the heist. My char­ac­ter, Belle, goes one night to babysit for one of the wives’ chil­dren. They get talk­ing and the wife sees her as an as­set to this plan, so brings her in on it. It’s messy, it’s gritty, it’s not po­lite, and I love that.

How did you get the role?

Steve’s [Mcqueen] cast­ing di­rec­tor had come to see me in The Color Pur­ple [on Broad­way]. Then we had break­fast and we just talked about ev­ery­thing from my life to the show to his films. About three weeks af­ter that I got a call to say I had the role — which was amaz­ing. He hadn’t seen the show, which was very daunt­ing. Had he not liked the show we might have been in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion!

What was the mad­dest mo­ment of your ca­reer so far?

Just find­ing out that I was on Broad­way was pretty mad. Then be­ing on Broad­way, and then get­ting the nom­i­na­tion for the Tony [Award], live on tele­vi­sion. It was Good Morn­ing Amer­ica and we per­formed ‘The Color Pur­ple’ from The Color Pur­ple, the big solo num­ber at the end. I found out later on, hi­lar­i­ously, that I had won an Emmy for that [TV] per­for­mance. And then win­ning a Grammy. I didn’t know that you could win Gram­mys for mu­si­cals. Isn’t that crazy?

Do you have a dream project or di­rec­tor?

I will say this un­til I’m blue in the face: I re­ally want to do a Mar­vel movie. I re­ally want to play a su­per­hero. Peo­ple keep say­ing they’d like to see me play Storm. I would love that. I prob­a­bly would love to be di­rected by Ryan Coogler, or Ava Duver­nay be­cause I’ve met her and I love her, she’s amaz­ing. That is a dream.

Who is your favourite Movie Chris?

Hemsworth. Has to be. He’s amaz­ing. There’s a mas­sive scene [in Bad Times At The El Royale] where we’re all to­gether. It was re­ally cool to work with him. He’s just a good guy.

Who would win in a fight: a horse-sized duck or one hun­dred duck-sized horses?

One hun­dred duck-sized horses, be­cause of num­bers, and be­cause when horses are ready to fight, they’re ready. Ponies are vi­cious if they need to be.

WID­OWS IS IN CINEMAS FROM 6 NOVEM­BER

Above: Wid­ows. Here: Bad Times At The El Royale

Cyn­thia Erivo, pho­tographed ex­clu­sively for Em­pire in Old Street, London, on 16 June 2018.

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