Getting Candid

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Janelle Monae in ‘Antebellum’

Janelle Monáe needs no introduction.

The classy, brassy, queer singer/actress already scored a hit this year when she starred in Season 2 of the Amazon series Homecoming. Now, she takes on her most demanding role to date in the horror thriller Antebellum.

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In Antebellum, Monáe plays Veronica, a successful author and career woman with a mysterious link to a woman named Eden (also played by Monáe), a slave held captive by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. As the link between past and present becomes clear, so does the real horror, and Veronica realizes the real danger she faces. With a cast that also includes Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe, Antebellum arrives on video on demand September 18.

We sat down with Monáe to discuss the film, her role, and how the ongoing protests against racial injustice underline the movie’s themes of horror.


Video edited by David Beerman