Golden Globe Nominee Andra Day on Billie Holiday and Film-Set Essentials
“DAUNTING IS definitely an understatement,” saidAndraDay of making her feature-film debut this month playing jazz legend Billie Holiday in “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.” “I was terrified. I am a huge fan of Billie Holiday,” said Ms. Day, who broke onto the R&B and pop music scenes with the monster song “Rise Up” in 2015. “I could not get out of my head that anybody might say, ‘Remember that one timeAndraDay tried to play Billie?’”
安德拉在本月首次在故事片中饰演爵士乐传奇人物比莉·霍利迪(Billie Holiday)的故事片《美国大战》(The United States VS)中饰演爵士乐传奇人物比莉·霍利迪(Billie Holiday)。比莉·霍利迪“。“我当时吓坏了。我是比莉·霍利迪(Billie Holiday)的超级粉丝，“戴伊说。2015年，她凭借一首怪兽歌曲”Rise Up“闯入了R&B和流行乐坛。“我脑子里一直想不到有人会说，‘还记得有一次安德拉·戴试图扮演比莉吗？’”
Turns out Ms. Day needn’t have braced herself for any embarrassment. Her portrayal has already garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (while “Tigress & Tweed,” a composition she co-wrote for the film, is up for Best Song in a Motion Picture). She’s getting buzz for an Oscars nod, too.
Besides, Ms. Day, who was mentored early in her career by Stevie Wonder, has undertaken intimidating career moves before. She performed live at the Oscars in 2018, dueting with rapper Common on “Stand Up For Something,” from the soundtrack album of the film “Marshall.”
此外，在职业生涯早期接受史蒂维·旺德(Stevie Wonder)指导的戴女士，以前也曾在职业生涯中做出过令人畏惧的举动。2018年，她在奥斯卡颁奖典礼上进行了现场表演，与说唱歌手Common在电影《Marshall》的配乐专辑《Stand Up for Something》中进行了二重唱。
Here, Ms. Day talks about the headphones she used to stay focused on set, why it’s important to be polite in a foreign country (especially Canada), the regimens she follows to stay creative and healthy, and owning her dream car.
My Nord Stage 3 keyboard is absolutely essential. It’s insane that I don’t actually know how to play piano, but it’s so intuitive—it has so many sounds that inspire me or create a mood—that I’m able to mess around and find what I’m looking for. It takes me longer, because I don’t have the technique, but I’m able to fumble around until I get what I’m hearing in my head. I’ve started taking lessons, though. My piano instructor learned from Mike Garson, from David Bowie’s band, so I’m about to be bad. I’m about to be the coldest on the keys.
我的Nord Stage 3键盘绝对是必不可少的。我真的不知道怎么弹钢琴，这太疯狂了，但它是如此直观-它有如此多的声音激励我或创造一种情绪-以至于我能够胡乱摆弄，找到我正在寻找的东西。这花了我更长的时间，因为我没有技术，但我能够摸索，直到我得到我在脑海中听到的东西。不过，我已经开始上课了。我的钢琴教练跟迈克·加森学的，跟大卫·鲍伊的乐队学的，所以我要变坏了。我就要成为琴键上最冷的了。
On the set of “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday,” I needed music playing 24/7 to help me get into and maintain character. Music is a transcendent experience. Even when there were tons of people around, I was able to put in my BeatsX earbuds and get lost in whatever the songs were giving me.
When I was younger, all I had was GarageBand, and to me [the digital-audio-workstation program] Logic is the juiced-up version: The controls are similar, but there are more features.
I love my Maserati Levante. There are certain things you never think you’ll have, and this is definitely one. It’s such a beautiful car. And the sound system is amazing, which is important.
Design Home is like “Sims” for adults: It’s just home décor and real-estate fantasies. When I add the perfect sofa to the perfect room, I go, “Oh my God. That’s good.” I got one of my highest scores the other day. I was very excited about that.
I don’t have time to plan nutrition, so I rely on my Magic Bullet. I dump a scoop each of rich greens, heart-healthy beets and collagen, and a tablespoon of hyaluronic acid and papaya seed extract, plus blueberries into one cup and I’m done. I’ve gotten all my nutrients for the day. It’s easy breezy.
I adoreSpeak & Translate. We were shooting in Montreal, so I used the translation app on set and while I was traveling around. Montreal is heavily French-speaking, and I hate the idea of not even trying. Like when I was in Korea, even just to be able to say, “Hey, where’s the bathroom?” was important to me. And I find people really appreciate the effort.
—Edited from an interview by Jeff Slate
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