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'Jimmy Kimmel Live': Janelle Monae says Julia Roberts passing the baton for 'Homecoming 2' meant the world to her

She also spoke about helping families in Atlanta and distributing free meals to them amid the pandemic
Jimmy Kimmel, Janelle Monae (ABC)
Jimmy Kimmel, Janelle Monae (ABC)

American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and producer Janelle Monae graced the Tuesday (May 19) edition of the late night show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'. Recording live from his home, Kimmel invited his guest of the evening, Monae, who is also currently in lockdown at her Los Angeles residence. Dressed in a buttoned-up shirt, tie and a hat, the artist looked chic as always.

Starting the chat, Kimmel revealed that the eight-time Grammy nominee, Monae, is replacing Julia Roberts in the upcoming season of Amazon Prime Original series 'Homecoming'. Roberts starred in the first season in the lead role and has also served as the executive producer of the show. In the second season, she will not be acting in the series but will remain a producer. The all-new second season sees Monae as the star and producer of the show.

Talking about her experience of being a part of the hit show, Monae was thankful and said on camera, "She passed me the baton and I got an opportunity to tell her on the set how much it meant to me." She also mentioned an incident on the set describing how Roberts liked Monae’s work during the shooting. "After we finished shooting a scene I heard this loud scream, and come to find out it was her," she said.

In 'Homecoming' Season 2, Monae plays the role of Jackie, a woman who wakes up on a boat with no prior memory of who she is or how she got there. Monae shared her excitement about working on the psychological thriller series, spearheaded by an icon like Roberts.

Taking the conversation forward, she also spoke about the charity that she is helping out with the proceeds from the late-night show. Project Isaiah is a non-profit organization that focuses on tackling hunger issues stemming from the Covid-19 crisis. Monae has joined hands with the community to help families in Atlanta and distribute free meals to them. Monae will also be seen in an upcoming psychological horror-thriller movie called ‘Antebellum’.

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ now airs every weeknight at 11.35pm, live from his home.