Apple TV+’s movie Emancipation tells the story of Peter (Will Smith), a runaway slave trying to make it to Baton Rouge after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Charmaine Bingwa plays Dodienne, Peter’s enslaved wife and mother to his children.

In an exclusive interview with uInterview, Bingwa revealed the toughest scenes to film.

“You know I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I won’t lie that all of the scenes were tough to play, certainly from Dodienne,” she said. “She never has a minute to rest or of reprieve in this film and not many people do and unfortunately that was just the nature of the times but, you know, it’s really important to revisit history as a warning. There’s a lot going on in the world and just to remind us of where hatred can lead us to.”

Bingwa also talked about her most memorable moments of working with Smith.

“Well, I always joke with Will that he had to wash my feet,” she laughed. “But aside from that, I think it would be, you know, his kindness. I know this story has been told before but there were some background actors who had to play dead and have fake Lyme thrown on them and he just gave them $1000 from his pocket. He’s very considerate and very generous.”

Bingwa continued on to discuss her favorite scene with Smith.

“Yeah, I mean, we only share a couple of scenes together,” she began. “We spend a lot of the film trying to get back to each other but I really, you know, the moments in Haitian to me are so beautiful such a beautiful language and there’s just a depth of love that I think is embedded in that language and especially the words Will and I say to each other.”

Emancipation is now available for streaming on Apple TV+.

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