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Janelle Monáe Talks Her Upcoming Horror Film “Antebellum” In Vanity Fair New Issue

The delectable singer, rapper, and actress, Janelle Monáe is the cover star for Vanity Fair‘s June 2020 issue.


For the issue which was shot over zoom, Janelle  Monáe talks about the newness of working during a pandemic, the challenges, and her role in the upcoming movie “Antebellum”.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe styled in Saint-Laurent jacket

On dealing with the current crisis

I’ve been trying to help the band and the crew as much as I can. I’ve been doing a lot of organizing because we are not all in the same boat. Staying at home for me is different than staying at home and not working for a mom with five kids, when she’s single and can’t afford to pay her rent or pay for food for her kids.

On her role as Veronica in the upcoming horror movie  “Antebellum”

I knew that taking on this role was going to take a lot of deep diving emotionally.
This role is the hardest role that I’ve done because it directly connects the past, present, and the future. I went back and forth with, ‘Should I do this? People are gonna think I’m crazy.’,


It wasn’t until I did some deep meditation—and I saw so many women that reminded me of Veronica, from Maxine Waters to AOC to all of the strong women in our government—that I said, ‘Yes, I should do this.’ This scares me, and the conversations need to be had because our past will directly determine our future

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe photographed from thousands of miles away by Colier Schorr

The film stars Janelle Monáe alongside Marque Richardson, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.


It follows the story of a woman Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), living an idyllic life with her husband and daughter. Soon, Veronica is “chosen”, and finds herself working as a slave in the United States before the Civil War.


The horror picture was scheduled to be released on April 24, 2020. However, it will now be screening on August 21, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch the trailer here

Read the full issue here.


Photo credit: Vanity Fair


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