The cast of 12years a slave, cover the March 2014 issue of essence magazine. Oprah talks about how they told her how to act more sexy and Chiwetel said it took him two months to come out of his character in 12years a slave.
Highlights from the mag;
Oprah on her acting coach telling her to be more sexy in “The Butler”
“I don’t think of myself as being sexy and I’m not even sure how one is sexy,” she admits. Her acting coach instructed her: “Every time Gloria walks, pretend that she has a tail. And when Gloria sits down, she doesn’t sit without making sure there’s room for her tail.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor on how it took two months to come out of the ’12 Years a Slave” role
“[It was a] fine line in between sanity and insanity.[...]Even though there were emotional moments to shoot, overall I think every member of the cast and crew was there for one reason: They felt it was a tale that deserved to be told.”