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'Harriet Tubman was a superhero to me': Cynthia Erivo on portraying the famed abolitionist in the film Harriet

Cynthia Erivo joined q's Tom Power during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her incredible portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Harriet, the first feature film about the famed abolitionist.
Cynthia Erivo joined q's Tom Power during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her incredible portrayal of Harriet Tubman in Harriet, the first feature film about the famed abolitionist. 20:11
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In the new movie Harriet, Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist and activist. Believe it or not, this is the first time Tubman's story has been told in a feature film.

Erivo joined q's Tom Power when the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about her portrayal of Tubman as a tough, almost action hero-like figure.

"We don't see that a lot of women of colour and it's real," said Erivo. "I think that for me to be the vessel in which that story is told is a huge honour."

Harriet hits theatres on Friday, Nov. 1. Erivo has also been cast to play the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in a new National Geographic TV series called Genius, which will be released next spring.

Download our podcast or click the 'Listen' link near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Cynthia Erivo.

— Produced by Beza Seife

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