Along with a killer pictorial, Mary also sat down with journalist Kevin Sessums, where the two discussed everything from Mary’s upcoming role in the Lifetime movie ‘Betty and Coretta’ to the death of singer Whitney Houston, which Mary says prompted her to 100% give up drinking altogether.
Mary on what drew her to the ‘Betty and Coretta’ film, which she not only stars in but co-produces as well: “You have to move forward. If Betty had not moved forward, Malcolm X would have died and that would have been it. I didn’t even realize that she and Coretta had been friends. Women never get a chance to have their stories told when there are important men involved. That’s what drew me to the part.”
Mary on how Whitney Houston’s death affected her personally: “What I did was I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work. The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression. To cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment. All of that, man. Once I realized, “There you go again,” I had to stop. Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.”
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