Interviews

Jill Scott on James Brown and ‘Get On Up’

It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to meet one of the few people they admire and respect enough to call a role model. And it’s even more rare to have a chance to speak with them while overlooking one of the world’s best skylines, in a hotel fit for the royal family. Although Jill Scott’s and my experiences were different, those awe-inspiring feelings were mutual.

So while I sat inches away, staring at my she-ro, Jill Scott would occasionally tilt her head to the right and gaze out of the floor to ceiling windows. I can imagine her musings didn’t have anything to do with the view of Manhattan’s beautiful architecture. No, she was thinking of the amazing spirit she had encountered: that of the Godfather of Soul.

As she dished about her role in Get On Up to us, Jill Scott couldn’t help but reminisce about the admiration and love she felt in playing the second wife of James Brown, DeeDee Brown. She emphatically declared, “I miss him,” and “I fell in love with him” while describing the connection she had to both DeeDee and James Brown. And while the kindred spirit seems a bit bizarre, one conversation with this golden actress made me believe it’s definitely real.

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