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Andra Day Talks Her Extreme Transformation For ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’

Andra Day was prepared to suffer for her art when assuming the role of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. “I did some pretty extreme things for the character,” she tells W Magazine in a video interview about her Golden Globe-nominated role in “The United States Vs.

Billie Holiday”. “There was the drastic weight loss—I wanted to have a body that looked like that period in time. It made me very weak on set and slowed me down in a way that really helped with the scenes with heroin,” she explains. “Then I started smoking cigarettes, which I don’t do….

It makes me feel like her. I’m very fast, and she’s like molasses. “Smoking helped to drop me into those dark places,” Day explains, adding the weight loss and resulting weakness allowed her to

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