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October 10, 2022

Danielle Deadwyler Admits Filming Till Was Emotionally Draining: ‘She Took Care Of Me, Whoopi Took Care Of Me’

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Danielle Deadwyler is extremely grateful that she had the emotional support she needed during filming. The TILL star expressed how the cast and crew were extremely helpful during those emotionally draining moments.

“There’s a weight to step into this kind of embodiment and I’m just grateful for everyone” stated Deadwyler, 40.

The actress later expressed that the role was definietly emotionally draining “But she [Chinonye Chukwu] took care of me, Whoopi took care of me, Barbara (one of our producers) she took care of me. They know that things have to feel a certain way but they know that I have to come out of things.”

Directed by Chinonye Chukwu with a screenplay by Michael Reilly & Keith Beauchamp and Chukwu, TILL tells the heartbreaking true story of the historic lynching of 15-year-old Emmett Till — for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi in 1955 — through the eyes of his mother Mamie Till-Mobley. This is what makes the film so compelling, it’s told through the perspective and experience of a Black woman and is co-written and directed by a Black woman.

Before TILL, the mother of one starred in 2021’s The Harder They Fall, a western film where Deadwyler garnered critical acclaim for her performance as Cuffee. It is one of few Westerns whose principal cast members are all Black.

The actors in TILL bring this socially conscious film to life with passion and deep emotion. Danielle Deadwyler portrayal of Till-Mobley is defiant and charismatic.

It’s a story everyone should know, and with the feature film TILL, they will. TILL releases in the US on Friday, October 14th.

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