‘A lesson in authenticity:’ Andra Day reflects on the experience of playing Billie Holiday

Andra Day:

I saw “Lady Sings the Blues” like 50 gajillion times, because it’s one of my favorite movies.

It wasn’t against the two of them. It was actually a blending. It was Billie Holiday at the center. And then it was, what was amazing about Diana’s performance, what was amazing about Audra McDonald’s performance, and let me extract those elements, couple them with Billie and couple them with myself.

My performance, I believe, truly is an amalgamation of myself, Billie Holiday, Diana Ross and Audra McDonald. And that was the goal, because they were brilliant.