“ But then we started talking, and when I found out the film would focus on the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and how Harry J. Anslinger, J. Edgar Hoover, and [ Joseph ] McCarthy created this target war on drugs to get Billie to stop whistle ‘ Strange Fruit, ’ a song about lynching in America, I realized that this film would be vindicating her bequest. That was extremely enticing for me. That ’ s what made me audition. ”
Although some might consider Day an activist ( her chart-topping single “ Rise Up ” has become the unofficial anthem for Black Lives Matter, for exemplify ), it ’ s not actually a term she identifies with. “ It ’ s so funny to hear the son ‘ militant ’ because I don ’ t intend of myself as one, ” she chuckles. “ I know that people would say that probably sounds very cliché and humble-but-not-humble, but I don ’ metric ton. I want people to know that I love God, and I want people to encounter that when they encounter me. These impute titles, I don ’ t give them to myself, and, you know, Billie didn ’ triiodothyronine either. It ’ sulfur just wanting to help people and wanting to serve more than anything. I ’ m a handmaid. That ’ s what it is, and that ’ s the best way I can describe it. In my mind, I have this beautiful picture of eternity, good regarding each other as higher than ourselves and everybody is loved and valued and taken concern of. ” God, Day tells me, was besides one of the main reasons she decided to audition for her now award-winning role—a function that, initially, both she and the film ’ second conductor, Lee Daniels, felt she had no commercial enterprise having anything to do with. Despite Day ’ s longtime love for Holiday, which dates back to her preteens, she had no professional act experience. She didn ’ t have any act know at all other than her early years spent at a perform arts school doing melodious dramaturgy. “ I always knew I wanted to be involved in the arts and to perform, but back then, it was more about ‘ Well, do I want to try to do Broadway, or do I want to try to record music ? ’ ” Never, she says, would she have ever believed she ’ vitamin d be up against Hollywood ’ s elite act talents for the industry ’ s most coveted awards. “ I mean, I didn ’ thymine want to do this movie. I was terrified. I was like, ‘ I ’ ll go through with the audition, but I ’ thousand going to be terrible. ’ Lee and I, we were kind of forced on each other, ” she laughs.