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Andra Day On Portraying Billie Holiday With A Porn & Sex Addiction

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Andra Day spoke with InStyle about her role in “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday” and how her addictions played a part in the film’s sexual content.

Portraying Billie Holiday got the singer a Golden Globe win and made her an Oscar nominee. The accolade did not come without its problems however as she would reveal in the interview. The actress needed to lose 40 pounds to play the iconic Holiday. In real life, Holiday had a series of issues as well as her life ended controversially in 1959 due to a death related to alcohol and drugs.

Day spoke of not trying to give of the energy of hypersexualization or sensual overtones because of what she’s overcome in her personal life.

Holiday entered a Jazz scene that was male-dominated, but Day wanted to make sure Holiday’s talents and struggles with addiction were highlighted, not her sexuality. “I didn’t want any element of sexualization. I had come out of something in my own life — dealing with porn addiction, sex addiction,” said the actress. “I’m being very, very candid with you because I’m not the only one. But I knew I wanted all of that very much gone.”

“I feel now, after playing Billie, that I’m honoring her, and the strength that is femininity,” she added. “I’m definitely in a healthier place to enjoy that because I’m outside of the addiction, if you will. So, yeah, it’s been really fun, because it’s been very new for me.” Check out a few images from Andra Day’s InStyle feature below.