Singer/actress Janelle Monáe has two breakout roles in Golden Globe-nominated Moonlight and Hidden Figures, and when she appeared at an AOL Build last recently, among other things, she opened up to host Ricky Camilleri about taking time off from music to make movies this year.
“I knew both of these films were bigger than Janelle Monáe. I knew that humanity needed this work. These are films that celebrate ‘the other’ — the person who’s often discriminated against because of their race, their gender or sexual identity,” she told Camilleri. “I want[ed] to make sure that I give it my all so I did have to take a break from recording to get in the mindset of Teresa and Ms. Mary Jackson. I had to do extensive research and it took up a lot of my time but it’s worth it when you talk about celebrating the often times uncelebrated.”