Mary J Blige will be featuring in 'The Umbrella Academy', Netflix's adaptation of Gerard Way's award-winning graphic novel

Mary J. Blige, already an award-winning singer/performer/songwriter, is steadily expanding her talent pool to include acting as well, with her new role in 'The Umbrella Academy'


                            Mary J Blige will be featuring in 'The Umbrella Academy', Netflix's adaptation of Gerard Way's award-winning graphic novel

Mary J. Blige was born January 11, 1971, in the Bronx, but moved to Savannah, Georgia, where she grew up. Blige had an abusive family background, where her father left her at a tender age, and the family barely survived on Blige's mother's income (her mother was a nurse).

Over the years, Blige would face immense hardships in the form of sexual abuse and harassment, most of the abuse coming from her own friends, and with what she's been through all these years, this remarkable woman still stands tall and proud. But these hardships helped Blige to get out of the Bronx and start pursuing her musical career further, and Pentecostal music was one of the first musical artforms she learned to master.

Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige and Kelly Clarkson backstage during VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul at Hammerstein Ballroom on December 18, 2011 in New York City. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige and Kelly Clarkson backstage during VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul at Hammerstein Ballroom on December 18, 2011 in New York City. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Blige started her career as a backup singer on Uptown Records in 1989, and her career path was set in motion when she was approached by Sean Combs, better known as Puff Daddy, who became the executive producer for the majority of her first album, 'What's the 411?'. This set of a chain reaction where every director and producer knew the name Blige and desperately wanted her to write their songs.

Her flowing style of hip-hop has contributed in a huge way to the evolution of rap and hip-hop over the years. Consistently dishing out albums and singles, while winning awards for a whole host of music categories, Mary J. Blige may just be the envy of singers everywhere.

Blige sports an incredibly impressive resume where she won nine awards from 31 nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. That is still not mentioning the sheer amount of albums Blige has released over the years. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have achieved multi-platinum worldwide sales, and if that's not enough for this 48-year-old performer, she is also an entrepreneur, having her very own record label, Matriarch Records.

Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha in 'The Umbrella Academy' Source: IMDB
Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha in 'The Umbrella Academy' Source: IMDB

Additionally, she also released her own line of perfume and sunglasses while endorsing famous brand names like Reebok, Air Jordan, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Gap, to name a few. While Blige has appeared on TV multiple times in hit TV series and movies like 'The Jamie Foxx Show' and 'Rock of Ages', this is one field we haven't seen her win any awards yet.

In her role as Cha-Cha in 'The Umbrella Academy', based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Gerard Way, she plays a villain. Cha-Cha is one half of the assassin duo, Cha-Cha and Hazel - psychotic neo-nazis with an affinity for bloodlust.

These assassins are out to destroy 'The Umbrella Academy' for reasons we can't state here so as to avoid spoilers, but that reason is exactly why 'The Umbrella Academy' is an Eisner award-winning Graphic Novel (piqued your interest yet?). 

'The Umbrella Academy' will be airing February 15 on Netflix. Do click on the trailer below to see our heroes (and villains, of course) in action!