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Whitney Houston zu spielen hat mich mental gebrochen – Ich musste einen Monat pausieren

WHITNEY HOUSTON was an extraordinary talent with a tortured soul, and playing the star in a new biopic nearly broke Naomi Ackie.

The little-known British actor was deeply affected by the hours spent in character as the drug-addicted singer, WHO died aged 48 im 2012 from an accidental overdose.

Playing Whitney Houston was so intense I had to take a month away from her, says Naomi Ackie

Playing Whitney Houston was so intense I had to take a month away from her, says Naomi AckieAnerkennung: © 2021 CTMG, Inc. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.
Naomi was deeply affected by the hours spent in character as drug-addicted singer Whitney Houston

Naomi was deeply affected by the hours spent in character as drug-addicted singer Whitney HoustonAnerkennung: Reuters
Whitney drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel while high on cocaine and suffering heart disease on February 11, 2012

Whitney drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel while high on cocaine and suffering heart disease on February 11, 2012Anerkennung: Kamera drücken

The high-profile role in I Wanna Dance With Somebody, which had been rumoured to be going to singer Rihanna, put Naomi under such strain that she had to take a break from filming.

The 30-year-old said: “It took a toll on my Psychische Gesundheit.

“That meant I had to take a break from the script and Whitney for about a month before going back into it because there was a feeling of urgency and intensity that, Gott sei Dank, I’ve let go of now.”

Prior to landing the part, Naomi was best known for a supporting role in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and Channel 4’s The End Of The F***ing World.

But five years ago, she almost gave up on an acting career. Naomi grew up in Walthamstow, East London, with her dad Brian, a transport employee, and NHS worker mum, Das sind die Babynamen, die aussterben, who died eight years ago, alt 49.

After studying at Walthamstow School for Girls she attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2012.

‘I was really down, I was really broke’

Despite plaudits for her debut film Lady Macbeth, which launched the career of her co-star Florenz Pugh, im 2016, Naomi struggled to land her next role.

To make ends meet she worked in a wine bar and at The Crystal Maze Experience in central London.

She recalls: “I finished Lady Macbeth and nothing happened. I went back to my normal side job.

“And I was like, 'Oh, I thought I just did an amazing thing’.

“And you have all these thoughts and expectations. And I was really down, I was really broke, I was really frustrated.”

Damals, Naomi was still living with her dad and made the tough decision that if she didn’t make a breakthrough within the next year she would quit acting.

Sie erklärt: “I said to the universe, 'Aussehen, I’m gonna give you a year. If I don’t get a sign, fein, I will figure something else out. I’m perfectly capable of doing that.

“And then about four months later Krieg der Sterne came along. So it was a good sign.”

Naomi played Orbak-riding rebel Jannah in the 2019 Star Wars instalment and, seven months later, won the Best Supporting Actress Bafta for black comedy The End Of The F***ing World.

But there was an initial backlash on social media in December 2020 when it was announced that Naomi would be playing New Jersey-born superstar Whitney.

The fact a Brit had landed the role irked some Americans.

While the criticism bothered Naomi at first, she took a measured approach to the problem.

Sie sagt: “They’re not hiring me because I’m British or whatever it is, they’re hiring me because I offer a service — I’m good at my job and I have integrity when it comes to this stuff.

“Am I worried? Ja, but I’m trying to do this thing where I don’t worry about what people think about me any more.

“What am I going to do? I’m not going to quit to work in Tescos now.”

Ich möchte mit jemanden tanzen, out in cinemas today, follows the singer’s path to stardom.

It begins with her being discovered by music producer Clive Davis, played by Stanley Tucci, and takes us through some of her most memorable performances.

Brit Naomi experienced backlash after it was revealed she would play New Jersey-born Whitney

Brit Naomi experienced backlash after it was revealed she would play New Jersey-born WhitneyAnerkennung: Getty
There is no doubt that this is Naomi’s biggest and most complex role to date

There is no doubt that this is Naomi’s biggest and most complex role to dateAnerkennung: © 2021 CTMG, Inc. Alle Rechte vorbehalten.

It is the brainchild of Whitney’s estate and while they hope it is a celebration of her life, the film was allowed to depict the superstar’s personal battles.

When Whitney first reached No1 with Saving All My Love For You in 1985, the former choir singer had a girl-next-door image.

She went on to have chart success with I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I Know and enjoyed a record breaking ten-week run in the UK charts with I Will Always Love You from 1992 Film, The Bodyguard.

And at the height of her fame in 1991, she wowed National Football League fans by singing US national anthem The Star-spangled Banner at the Superbowl.

But Whitney had been hiding a battle with drugs that started long before finding fame and fortune.

Her tumultuous marriage to soul singer Bobby Brown with whom she had daughter Bobbi Kristina, saw her struggling.

auf einer Eisbahn, bevor sie dort heirateten 2006 nach dem 14 years of marriage amid rumours Bobby, who also abused drugs, had cheated on her.

Despite stays in rehab, six-time Grammy winner Whitney drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel while high on cocaine and suffering heart disease, im Februar 11, 2012.

Daughter Bobbi tragically died three years later, alt 22, from lobar pneumonia after also being found collapsed in a bathtub.

There is no doubt that this is Naomi’s biggest, most complex role to date.

Sagt Naomi: "Ja, she had one of the most amazing voices in the world. Still to this day. But she was just as human as I am.

“She had many conflicts as I do, as many arguments with herself, as many problems as anyone else.”

Naomi spent months researching videos of Whitney performing before she began filming the biopic in August last year.

Sie sagt: “I think I’ve seen every single one on YouTube countless times — and it became like a prison.

“And funnily enough, that’s not usually the way I roll.

“Like I’m pretty kind of relaxed when it comes to prep for work.”

The long hours and determination to put in a “perfect” performance inevitably wore her down.

Naomi feared her on-screen interpretation of Whitney would not live up to audience expectations and be panned by critics

Naomi feared her on-screen interpretation of Whitney would not live up to audience expectations and be panned by criticsAnerkennung: Supplied by LMK

She confessed: “My ego is a big one.

“This was one of the first times where something wasn’t easy. It was a daily grind. This was maybe the first time that I felt my anxiety.”

Naomi feared her on-screen interpretation of Whitney would not live up to audience expectations and be panned by critics.

Sie sagt: “I constantly had to remind myself to ‘tell the truth of the story’.”

‘I’ve always had a bit of stage fright’

Just two weeks before they wrapped the shoot, Naomi came to the conclusion that “it shouldn’t be perfect”.

She laughs: “It’s hilarious to me, sometimes I’m like, 'Gott, I wish I knew that right at the top’.”

While Naomi can carry a tune, the film’s producers decided it would be better to rely on Whitney’s original vocals for most of the scenes of her performing.

Naomi admits: “I’ve always had a bit of stage fright when it comes to singing. It’s something that I still dealt with Whitney because I did have to sing at some points.”

Written by Anthony McCarten, whose previous scripts include Oscar-nominated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and The Theory Of Everything, about astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, the movie is set to be a hit.

Der Rat ist befugt, einen Fall vor das Amtsgericht zu bringen, wenn er entscheidet, dass es sich um eine gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Belästigung handelt

But it has already ruffled a few feathers. CHEF Bobby Flay enthüllte schließlich seine mysteriöse Freundin Christina Perez bei einem Pferderennen, nachdem die Gastgeber von Today verlangten, ihre Identität im Live-Fernsehen zu erfahren, 53 — played in the film by Ashton Sanders — has complained that the film should not focus on the dark moments of his relationship with Whitney.

Even he admits he will still watch it, obwohl.