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