Forgive her father for she has sinned.
Along with 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 has to struggle to survive as a confused ex -love stays out after her blood.
In the Lifetime movie from executive producers TD Jakes, Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson, Williams stars as single lawyer Chastity Jeffries, who focused on her career and became a partner in her law firm until she meets someone who initially seems like the perfect guy.
Xavier Collins, played by 44-year-old Canadian actor Antonio Cupo, is beautiful, sexy and hard to resist. After a quick seduction and a steamy shower scene, Chastity is hooked. But what starts as a passionate spark turns into a dangerous flame.
Based on the series of books 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” album Romeo Miller, 32, (known by many as former teen heartbreaking rapper Lil ‘Romeo) takes on the spicy role of Chastity’s childhood sweetheart, Roger Thompkins.
The Post captured the singer and actress about her latest film, which premieres Saturday, April 16 at. 20 EST, working with Mama Knowles and the possible long-awaited reunion of Destiny’s Child.
Your character is a professional woman who is very successful and focused on her career. Did you relate to chastity and noticed any parallels between your life and hers?
Absolutely. I’m officially single. I found that I reasoned with her in many ways. Yyou hit your head on the nail of looking for love [and] want love. Maybe you are not making the right choices in love, but you are making the right career moves. And how many women can relate. You kill it in your career, but love does not quite balance.
What was your experience working with Tina Knowles, who plays your mother, Sarah, in the film?
It was beautiful to work with Miss Tina because she has been like a mother, an educator and a protector of mine for 22 years. And so when we got on the set, we just looked each other in the eyes and it was a little natural for us to do what we do. I mean, there were moments in my life where Miss Tina has had to comfort me like a mother would. She has had to give me advice as a mother would. So actually, when they mentioned her name when I got the phone call to make the movie, she was the reason I said yes. We knew with the mention of each other’s names that this would be great to do.
Did you talk to Beyoncé while filming with her mother Tina?
Myself, Beyoncé and Kelly has our group chat and I texted the girls like, “Yeah, mom kills it!” So it was just really a joy still to have a sisterhood [and] conditions all these years.
The chemistry between you, Kelly and Beyoncé is undeniable. Why do you think the chemistry and sisterhood have survived for so many years since Destiny’s Child ended?
I want to say true love. These are my soulmates to the point where you know, I saw Beyoncé the other day and I went in and we’re wearing the same shoes, the same jeans, the same colored top. And one of her friends said, “Are you going to perform or do anything?” It happens all the time. Going back to her “Lion King” premiere a few years ago. We were not going to be dressed in the same color combinations, it’s just that we’re connected forever.
Is there a chance that Destiny’s Child will be reunited?
I wonder if it’s our thoughts, but it never comes out of our mouths. Just as naturally as we talk about so many other things when the time comes, it will naturally come up in the conversation somehow. We have fun together when we decide to work with each other in that capacity. I do not think any of us are against it. It’s just what is the right option? But I will say that we have not had an official album out together in 17 years and that the questions to be asked now are really fantastic. It makes me reflect on the obvious impact we must have had on the world.
Your character Chastity is a fighter. Did you learn karate for the movie, and have you ever had to kick something in real life?
Listen, I should definitely learn some karate. There were definitely professionals around us to make sure we could do what we were supposed to. I’ve only been in one fight in my life. I mean, aside from the occasional spit I’ve had with my blood sister – not me and Kelly, my singing sisters have never had any fights. But I remember when I was growing up, I was at Holiday Bible School and struggling. What kind of Gentiles should we fight in the church? It’s the only fight I’ve ever been in. But I stay out of trouble if there is no security paid to do what they have to. But thank God even security has never had to make anyone harder.
At the end of “Wrath,” Chastity says “only six deadly sins more to overcome.” What mortal sin does Michelle Williams still need to conquer?
I would say pride, because pride seeps in when you least expect it. Pride is beyond, “Oh, I’m proud of myself.” Pride is even how you say something. What place do you sit in when you say something? Are you saying that to look down on someone because you have more experience and you think your way is better? I actually apologized to someone a few weeks ago and said, “I’m so sorry. I think I let some pride slip in the cracks.” And I think when I get older, I’m able to recognize and apologize faster for certain things, or how you say something is not what you say. Sometimes it’s just how you say it, or the seat you say it from. Pride is really the beginning. It’s coming before the fall, so I really, really need to check the pride.
Speaking of falls, one of the most infamous moments in your career was when you stumbled upon a “106 and Park” show. Did you expect that moment to become such a powerful meme / GIF of female empowerment and perseverance?
That was 18 years ago. You fall and get up again. Nobody is perfect. You’re going to have some slips. Some slip down, but make it synonymous with the times you may have failed in a relationship, you failed in a career, you missed an opportunity, but you found a way to learn from it, and you made some corrections, and you traveled you again and you killed it.
Your co-star in the film is rapper Romeo. Did you know Romeo before this movie, and how did it work with him?
It was great working with Romeo. He’s not Lil ‘Romeo anymore. [laughs]. So I had to get that out of my head. He has grown. He’s over 18. He was a jewel to work with. He is so solid in who he is and even in his faith. So that made it so much fun for us to work together.
What is the lesson you think the audience can take with them of “Anger”?
Pay attention and reflect. Listen to your gut feeling, whether you call it spirit or intuition. How many red flags presented themselves in that relationship, but Chastity was probably dazzled by love or his male parts. How many of us have been blinded because of it and how the red flags start to look like Six Flags when you feel like it! OKAY! Or you ignore the red flags because you feel it’s not them they are because they just had a bad day, but no, it’s a pattern. This is the core of who they are and get out if you can. But my heart goes out to so many people who did not manage it because of love or what they thought was love.
Are there more acting projects in your future?
I would love to. I’m a Broadway girl, but movies and TV I would love to do more.