She is busy promoting her horror film Antebellum, which will be released on video upon request Friday.
And during a conversation with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday night, Janelle Monae remembered the last time she met the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
‘It was at an Oscar party and he knocked me on my shoulder. I will never forget it, ‘the actress, 34, shared. ‘He knocked on my door and said,’ Let’s have this dance. ‘And we danced for three, four minutes and smiled. ‘
I Never Forget It ‘: During a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Janelle Monae recalled her’ last dance ‘with the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman
No one knew Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and had undergone treatment while continuing to pursue his acting career.
After keeping his illness private, the world was shocked when on August 28 it was announced that he was subject to the illness. He was 43.
Monae recalled her last dance with him and told Colbert, ‘I just remember that moment and I will always hold it dear to me and I will always try to live in the present because I saw him live in the present.’
Memory: ‘It was at an Oscar party and he knocked me on my shoulder,’ she shared. ‘He knocked on my door and said,’ Let’s have this dance. ‘And we danced for three, four minutes and smiled’
Legacy: ‘I just remember that moment and I will always hold it dear to me and I will always try to live in the present because I saw him live in the present,’ Monae, 34, told Colbert
Monae and Boseman first met in Atlanta when he was filming the Marvel superhero movie, and she recorded her album Dirty Computer.
They were introduced by Monae’s friend Lupita Nyong’o, who played with Boseman in the Black Panther.
The Hidden Figures star said she had invited the couple to dinner and during the evening she had played some of her new album to them and Boseman had been encouraging.
‘We ate, we listened to music,’ she added. ‘The encouragement I got from him, to see him smile, to see him dance, you could feel that his spirit was one of those who would give, give people the feeling of love, the feeling of hope. ‘
‘He still took the time to tell me he was proud, he was excited, he wanted to dance with me and made me feel like, well, I can release this project,’ she explained.
Gone Too Early: Boseman, pictured at Oscarsin in March 2018, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, but kept it a secret. He underwent the disease on August 28 at the age of 43 years
Earlier this week, Monae headlined a socially distant outdoor screening of her film Antebellum, which was originally slated to be released in theaters in April and was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She and several of her co-stars attended the event, which took the form of a drive-in screening on the roof of a parking structure at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles.
The film, called a psychological thriller by distributor Lionsgate, stars Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons and Jena Malone and is written, produced and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.
New release: Monae is busy promoting her film Antebellum, which will be available via video on demand this Friday. Sunday night, she headlines an outdoor screening in LA
Movie night: The event took the form of a drive-in screening on the roof of a parking structure at The Grove Mall in LA due to COVID-19 restrictions
In Antebellum, Monae plays a modern woman transported back in time to a plantation before the Civil War in the south.
The film follows her as she tries to escape from the slavery she is in and get back to her own period and bring other slaves with her.
At screening Sunday night, Monae Variety said the film ‘reminds us that the past is not the past.’
She explained: ‘The past is not even dead and I think the film is very timely and does a great job, a unique job of connecting and connecting dots from the past, the present and what could be our future.’
The actor added: ‘I am very honored to stand here and represent black women who have dismantled white supremacy and systemic racism for centuries.’
Streaming release: Antebellum was originally scheduled to open in theaters back in April, but was postponed due to the pandemic. It will be available as video on demand from Friday