Cedric Joe on Playing Emmett Till in Women of the Movement

In our series of questions and answers Last call, we get to the bottom of it all with some of our favorite celebrities – from the last time they were hit by the star, to the last song they listened to. This week, Cedric Joe answers our call.

Cedric Joe gets our full attention with his role as Emmett Till on Women of the Movement. ABC’s limited anthology series chronicles Emmett’s 1955 murder and the story of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who later became an activist while seeking justice for her son. Following previous appearances on Modern family, Good problem, and Space Jam: a new legacy, the show marks the 16-year-old actor’s most serious project to date.

Cedric told POPSUGAR that he feels a huge responsibility with his portrayal of Emmett. “It meant a lot to me,” he said. “Everyone I was with who helped me prepare for the role made it very comfortable and I’m glad I got to play Emmett.” By putting himself in Emmett’s shoes, Cedric also discovered just how capable he is as an actor. “It was definitely a different role portraying someone who was real, portraying a story that really happened.”

Watching Emmett’s story unfold onscreen, Cedric hopes viewers can see that “we are all equal.” He added, “I hope they take away that Granny and Emmett were real people that happened to… I want viewers to know that stories like this happened back then, happened. were produced before and are still happening now. “

Women of the Movement airs Thursdays on ABC. Read the rest of Cédric’s Last Call interview in advance.

How did you go on the last day of filming for Femmes du Mouvement?

It was really moving, just remembering how much time we spent together, how much time we spent on our characters, and really experiencing the story that we are telling. And then, getting to know each other and building a relationship and chemistry with each member of the cast.

What was the last thing you did with your Women of the Movement co-stars?

Recently we traveled to New York, Chicago and LA for the premiere of Women of the Movement, so it was a really exciting experience.

Who was the last Women of the Movement co-star you texted?

I recently spoke to Luke Hardeman, who plays Maurice, and Joshua Caleb Johnson, who plays Wheeler. Joshua and I still hang around to this day because we’re both located in LA so we see each other quite often.

Besides your own show, what’s the last show you’ve watched excessively?

The last series I completely watched was Chi. But I have currently watched BMF.

What’s the last song / album you listened to?

The last song I listened to was HER’s “Slide” with YG. The last album I listened to was Live life fast by Roddy Ricch.

What’s the last book you read?

All american boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds.

What’s the last thing you did for fun?

In fact, I just attended an NFL game. I went to the Rams game against 49ers so it was really fun.

What’s the last thing you bought online?

A new headset for my game console because I don’t know what happened to my other one.

What was the last trip you took?

The trip to Chicago for the first.

When was the last time you were stunned?

The last time I was stunned was on our premiere trip. Just seeing Wheeler Parker and the family really struck me.

What’s the last piece of life changing advice you received?

Be humble and stay engaged. These are some of the things that I believe have changed my life and will continue to change my life for the better. Being humble is very important in any business and staying engaged and being consistent in working and doing what you love to do.

Image source: Courtesy of Cédric Joe

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