“There was something about this woman and their relationship that I really connected to,” says actress Emayatzy Corinealdi about why she wanted the role as dancer Frances Taylor in the film “Miles Ahead.” Taylor was wooed by jazz legend Miles Davis in 1958 and served as his muse even after they divorced a decade later. As she adds in our interview (watch above), “The career that she had built for herself and all of these different factors played into who she was and into the dynamics of their relationship.”
The film starring and directed by Don Cheadle mainly focuses on a five-year period in the late 1970s when chronic pain and drug use caused the trumpet player and composer to take an extended creative break. Flashbacks to Davis’ marriage to Taylor show how she affected his life and career, including such important recordings as “Sketches of Spain” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” The marriage was plagued by infidelity and abuse, and eventually Frances was forced to run away to protect her safety when Davis’ mental and physical health went downhill.
Taylor recognized red flags about the problems for Davis along the way. She continues, “In life we may see some things and think that’s nothing or we can change that or it looks different than what you think it is. We tend to make those concessions at times, especially when we’re in love.”
Corinealdi’s career is really taking off in recent years. Her biggest break was starring in the Ava DuVernay film “Middle of Nowhere” in 2012. She followed with “In the Morning,” “Addicted,” and “The Invitation” before a regular role on the Amazon drama series “Hand of God” last year. She will next be seen in the anticipated remake of the limited series “Roots” for History Channel and Lifetime that airs in May.
We will not have an Oscars predictions center event for a few months, but Corinealdi is on the Emmy ballot for role in the limited series “Roots” this year. Will she be nominated for Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress this summer? Make your early Emmy predictions starting with Best Comedy Actor using the menu to the right or below.
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