Mary J. Blige is planning to take on a major new project playing the wife of the late Malcolm X. Blige is going to portray Betty Shabazz in a TV film called “Parallel Lives,” which focuses on the lives of Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, along with their two famous husbands.
Blige says she’s studying the life of Shabazz to prepare for the role and looks forward to doing more acting in the future. She has already appeared in the Tyler Perry film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” and is now taking acting lessons. She has coaches in a multitude of areas to help her get to the top of her game.
Blige said this to Chelsea Handler:
“Even though I was given the part in ‘Rock of Ages,’ I wanted to prepare myself so I went to work for it,” said Blige. “I just didn’t want to get the part because I was Mary J. Blige. I went and did the work, I got an acting coach.”