Forgive her father for she has sinned.
Alongside former Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams has sung about being a “survivor,” but in “Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story,” the 42-year-old must fight to survive when an ex -Lovers will be let down for their blood.
In the Lifetime movie From executive producers TD Jakes, Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson, Williams plays Chastity Jeffries, a single attorney who focuses on her career and becomes a partner in her law firm until she meets someone who initially looks like the perfect guy.
Xavier Collins, played by 44-year-old Canadian actor Antonio Cupo, is handsome, sexy and hard to resist. After a quick seduction and a steamy shower scene, Chastity is hooked. But what begins as a passionate spark develops into a dangerous fire.
Based on the book series by Victoria Christopher Murray, Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story also stars Williams’ lifelong friend Tina Knowles, 68, who plays Chastity’s mother, Sarah. Meanwhile, Growing Up Hip Hop grad Romeo Miller, 32, (known to many as former teen heartthrob rapper Lil’ Romeo) takes on the spicy role of Chastity’s childhood friend Roger Thompkins.
The Post spoke to the singer and actress about her latest film, which debuts Saturday, April 16 at 8pm EST, in collaboration with Mama Knowles and the possible long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion.
Her character is a professional woman who is very successful and focused on her career. Did you have a relationship with Chastity and noticed parallels between your life and hers?
Absolutely. I’m officially single. I found myself resonating with her in many ways. YYou hit the nail on the head with your search for love [and] want love. You may not be making the right decisions in love, but you are making the right career moves. And how many women can possibly relate to that. You kill it in career, but the love thing isn’t quite balanced.
What was your experience with Tina Knowles, who plays your mother Sarah in the film?
It was lovely working with Miss Tina as she has been such a mother, nurturer and protector of mine for 22 years. When we got to the set we just looked into each other’s eyes and it was natural for us to do what we do. I mean, there were moments in my life when Miss Tina needed to comfort me like a mother would. She had to give me advice like a mother would. So when they mentioned her name when I got the call to do the film, she was the reason I said yes. From the moment we mentioned each other’s names, we knew this was going to be awesome.
Did you talk to Beyoncé while filming with her mom, Tina?
Myself, Beyoncé and Kelly have our group chats and I texted the girls like, “Yo mama kill it!” So it’s really been a joy to still have a sorority [and] relationship all these years.
The chemistry between you, Kelly and Beyoncé is undeniable. Why do you think the chemistry and the sisterhood survived for so many years after the end of Destiny’s Child?
I would say true love. These are my soul mates to the point where I saw Beyoncé the other day and walked in and we’re wearing the same shoes, same jeans, same colored top. And a friend of hers said, “Are you all going on stage or doing something?” It happens all the time. Go back to your The Lion King premiere a few years ago. We didn’t plan to be dressed in the same color schemes, it’s just that we’re forever connected.
Is there a chance Destiny’s Child will be reunited?
I wonder if we think about it, but it never comes out of our mouths. As naturally as we talk about so many other things, when the time is right, it’s bound to come up in the conversation somehow. We have fun together when we decide to work together in this capacity. I don’t think any of us are against it. It’s just what’s the right opportunity? But I have to say that we haven’t released an official album together for 17 years and the questions being asked are really great. It makes me think about the obvious impact we must have had on the world.
Your character Chastity is a fighter. Did you learn karate for the movies and have you ever had to kick someone’s butt in real life?
Look, I definitely needed to learn some karate. There were definitely professionals around us to make sure we could do what we had to do. I’ve only been in one fight in my life. Aside from the occasional arguments I had with my blood sister – not Kelly and I, my singing sisters have never had an argument. But I do remember fighting at Vacation Bible School when I was a kid. What kind of heathen should we fight in the church? This is the only fight I’ve ever been in. But I stay out of trouble when there aren’t security guards getting paid to do what they need to do. But thank God the security service never had to beat anyone up either.
At the end of “Wrath” Chastity says “only six deadly sins left to defeat”. What deadly sin does Michelle Williams still have to overcome?
I would say pride because pride kicks in when you least expect it. Pride is beyond “Oh, I’m proud of myself.” Pride is even how you say it. What seat do you sit in when you say something? Are you saying that to look down on someone because you have more experience and think your path is better? I actually apologized to someone a few weeks ago and said, “I’m so sorry. I think I left some pride in the cracks.” And I think as I get older I’ll be able to recognize certain things more easily and apologize for them or how you say something isn’t what you say. Sometimes it just matters how you say it or where you say it from. Pride really is the beginning. It comes before the fall, so I really need to check the pride.
Speaking of falls, one of the most notorious moments of your career was when you tripped during a “106 and Park” performance. Did you expect this moment to turn into such a powerful meme/gif of female empowerment and endurance?
That was 18 years ago. You fall and you get up again. Nobody is perfect. You will have some slips. Some slip but make it synonymous with times when maybe you failed in a relationship, you failed in a career, you failed in an opportunity, but you found a way to learn from it and you have made some corrections and got back up you killed it.
Her co-star in the film is rapper Romeo. Did you know Romeo before this film and what was it like working with him?
It was amazing working with Romeo. He’s not Lil’ Romeo anymore. [laughs]. So I had to get that out of my head. He has grown. He is over 18. He was a gem to work with. He’s so solid in who he is and even in his beliefs. So it was a lot of fun for us to work together.
What’s the lesson you think audiences can take away from Wrath?
Pay attention and reflect. Listen to your gut, whether you call it mind or intuition. Like many red flags this relationship showed, but Chastity was probably blinded by love or his manly parts. How many of us have been blinded by this and how those red flags are starting to look like Six Flags if you fancy! OK! Or you ignore the red flags because you feel like they aren’t because they were just having a bad day, but no, that’s a pattern. That’s the essence of who they are, and get out of here if you can. But my heart goes out to so many people who didn’t make it out of love or what they thought was love.
Are there any other acting projects in your future?
I would love to. I’m a Broadway girl, but film and television, I’d love to do more.
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