Mary J. Blige has spoken out about her plans to seriously pursue a career as an actress.
The R&B vocalist will be appearing in Rock Of Ages, where she plays the owner of a strip club, and will also sing ‘Any Way You Want It’ by Journey and ‘Shadows Of The Night’ by Pat Benatar in the movie, which also stars Tom Cruise and Russell Brand and is set for release next summer.
She will also be appearing as the lead character in a forthcoming biopic about the late soul singer Nina Simone as well as a number of other upcoming projects.
She told Black Tree TV via Digital Spy:
I’m trying to do everything – I have a dialect coach, acting coach, piano coach… everything. I’m just doing what I’m doing. The film thing is going to start happening more often because I’m trying to nail [it], not just get an acting job because I’m a singer.
I have a coach for every little thing I do. I want Queen Latifah to be proud of me… [and] Angela Bassett of course. I want to earn my acting kudos.
The singer is to release a sequel to her 1994 album ‘My Life’, called ‘My Life Too: The Journey Continues’ in October.
She told MTV: “It’s called ‘The Journey Continues’ because on the first ‘My Life’ album, we all just were depressed and wanted to die. This one, we want to live, and we understand with living, life still comes with challenges and triumphs and good times and bad times.”