Michelle Williams landed the role of a lifetime when she signed on to play the legendary Diana Ross on new BET drama American Soul. In an interview about the series, the Destiny’s Child songstress shared what it was like to play the leading lady of the Supremes.
“It is really just a humbling experience to play such a legendary icon. I don’t think I move as gracefully as she does in real life, but I can really do it in this role,” Williams said.
The show, based on the rise of Soul Train and its creator, Don Cornelius, will feature several of today’s biggest stars playing the icons who helped put the influential music program on the map.
“American Soul is definitely bringing America in on what soul music was all about,” Williams continued, adding, “and who was the pioneer and the trailblazer into getting it onto our TVs every single day, and that is Don Cornelius.”
Take a sneak peek at the series below.
Williams’ good friend and Destiny’s Child sister Kelly Rowland is set to play Gladys Knight on the series. See her discuss playing the “Empress of Soul” below.
American Soul will premiere Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on BET.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.