This image released by Focus Features shows Teyana Taylor, left, and Aaron Kingsley Adetola in a scene from “A Thousand and One.”
Teyana Taylor opens up about how her latest role in the upcoming film “A Thousand and One” speaks to black women and the struggles they face.
In a new interview with ET Canada’s Brittnee Blair, Taylor, 32, said she “absolutely” sees herself in the “unapologetic and fiercely loyal” character of Inez, who “abducts her son Terry from the system foster care. [setting out] regain their sense of home, identity and stability in a rapidly changing New York City,” according to IMDb.
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“I see myself in Inez all the time,” Taylor said. “I see my mom at Inez. I see all the women around me in Inez. I see you [Blair]I see [director] AV [Rockwell]you know, only we have a voice and our power, whether our power is used against us when it’s time to speak up for ourselves or, you know, our power is praised when we fight for others.
“For black women it’s like wanting to be heard and wanting to be seen and wanting to be protected, that’s in all of us,” the actress continued. “You know, that’s what we’re still dealing with today. So I definitely see a lot of myself in Inez for sure.”
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Taylor added that she is “so happy to be a part” of the film, noting that “a lot of hard work” went into it. Ever since the upcoming mystery drama premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the actress’ portrayal.
“A Thousand and One” opens in theaters on March 31.
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