Power Actress Mary J. Blige Hopeful Ghost Will Return In Power Book: Ghost
Mary J Blige is on the promo trail for Power. The R&B singer-turned-actress joined the Power universe as Monet and has been getting rave reviews from fans. She recently caught up with Michael Rainey on his podcast to discuss her thoughts on the upcoming seasons and the overall direction of the storyline. Mary added some fuel to speculations that Ghost is still alive during the discussion as well.
Mary has been venturing more into acting in recent years, and it has been paying off. She scored major award show buzz for her role in Mudbound, a film that most people did not even notice she was in due to how stripped down the character was. She told Michael, “When we went to the premiere for it, people didn’t even know I was in the movie because I transformed completely, just transformed.” This transformation meant Mary was unrecognizable. “My hair was like in an afro, and we couldn’t wear no makeup, we couldn’t wear nails, we couldn’t wear lashes, and we had to have these like old-timey dresses.” The risk paid off as Mary scored an Oscar nomination for Best Song and Best Supporting Actress.
At the time, Mary was still handling the fallout from her divorce and claims this gave her motivation to really get lost in the role. “At that point in my life, I didn’t even care because I had lost all of this inside that horrible situation I was in; I didn’t even know if I was beautiful,” she recalled. “I didn’t care because nothing mattered to me, nothing, so I just vanished; I was really gone like I was in real life gone.” The transformation was so jarring that Mary recalls crying when she saw herself in the movie.
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When they shifted to her work on Power, actor Gianni Paolo revealed that the network had them film multiple characters shooting Ghost to combat any leaks from the set. For Michael, shooting his on-screen dad was difficult. “It was crazy, that was a tough scene, bro; it was hard for me because, like, one, you’re saying goodbye to like someone like that I’ve learned a lot from,” he said about Omari Hardwick. “Just being on set with him like saying goodbye to him, saying goodbye to the character, the character that we all love.”
Mary says she does not believe Ghost character is gone. When asked who she would bring back from the Power universe, she proclaims Ghost quickly, saying, “I did not see him in a casket!” Mary believes Ghost will “pop up somewhere” and feels he’s still around. “He might be on his way back. He might be Monet’s brother or something.” Gianni says that many fan sites continue to pour into conspiracies that Ghost is alive, even breaking down evidence from the series.
Courtney A. Kemp spoke on Ghost’s character in which she stated, he had to die. ‘There was no other option.” Earlier this year, A Starz executive shut down all rumors relating to Ghost returning and confirmed he is definitely dead. However, fans continue to hold on to hope. Mary J. Blige as well. Mary says she was sad when Omari’s character was killed off, “you can’t kill Ghost!” Mary says that people understand now why Michael’s character had to do it, but it was still hard to process.
Only time will tell how Mary J. Blige’s Monet character continues to develop and if she has any interesting family members who have not been revealed. The 3rd season of Power Book: Ghost is scheduled to premiere March 2023.