‘Harriet’ Actress Cynthia Erivo Says Portraying the Courageous Abolitionist ‘Made Me Braver in My Prayers’

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For Harriet star Cynthia Erivo, playing the iconic historical abolitionist and Christian believer carried special spiritual significance. The actress, who recently appeared in Bad Times at the El Royale and Widows, said that, as a woman of faith herself, she was inspired by Tubman’s boldness in prayer and actions.

“What was wonderful about playing Harriet and diving into that part of her is that it gave me access to my own faith,” she said. “It made me braver in my prayers. It made me want to pray, and not be afraid to do it out loud if I needed to. That’s the thing that was really wonderful.”

Because of her courage and divine calling, Tubman was able to change the course of history. Erivo hopes that Harriet will inspire audiences to realize they also hold the power to make a difference.

“I hope that this film will let people know and teach people that if they feel they’re unimportant that they hold the power to change the world and change the things in this world,” she said. “Harriet managed to save lives consistently with her wits and determination. I don’t think we have any excuses, and this shows us how we could move to keep people in freedom. We all have the potential to change the world.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Dewayne Hamby