Cynthia Erivo Explores ASMR

In this Celebrity ASMR interview, actress Cynthia Erivo explores autonomous sensory meridian response with whispers and sounds. She chews bubble gum tape to rep her role as Magdalene on 'Chewing Gum', paints with a brush to honor her award-winning performance in 'The Color Purple' on Broadway, plays with cash and coins for her part in 'Widows', and pours whiskey as a nod to her character Darlene Sweet in 'Bad Times at El Royale'. Bad Times at the El Royale in theaters on October 12.

Released on 10/12/2018

Credits

Starring: Cynthia Erivo

Transcript

00:05
Why is there so much?
00:10
Hi, my name's Cynthia Erivo,
00:13
and I'm going to be doing some ASMR
00:16
as I take you through some of the wild stories of my career.
00:21
I've never really done ASMR before,
00:24
but I guess the experience is about whispering.
00:27
I tend to speak quietly when I need to save my voice
00:30
because I sing quite a bit.
00:33
Don't know if you know that, but you know now.
00:36
I grew up in a little place called Stockwell in London,
00:40
which is Southwest London, and then I moved to East London,
00:46
which is where I ended up really growing up
00:48
from the age of about 14 or 15.
00:51
It's a vibrant, vibrant place with lots of things happening
00:55
and lots of cultures mixing and mingling,
00:59
but it's lots of fun.
01:02
This is a, what I'm gonna call, a packet of crisps.
01:07
In London, you would call it chips.
01:12
(bag crinkling)
01:15
A flat crunchy noise.
01:41
Sweet potato chips.
01:42
They happen to be gluten free and vegan,
01:45
and if you want to take a healthier
01:48
version of a potato chip or crisp, these are really good.
01:55
(crunching)
02:11
So yummy.
02:12
(bag rustling) (chips crunching)
02:23
So much fun.
02:30
I would get into so much trouble
02:32
if I was to do this in front of my mother.
02:42
(laughing)
02:47
So, when I first started doing on-screen work,
02:51
a wonderful friend of mine called Michaela Coel
02:54
had written a show called Chewing Gum.
02:58
I played a character called Magdalene,
03:01
and she was sort of the pious church going girl
03:05
who still had not very nice things to say
03:09
about the main character, Tracey.
03:12
That was fun to play.
03:14
Possibly my first comedy role.
03:18
I didn't really know that I could get comedy
03:21
until I ended up playing this character
03:25
who is kind of funny without being funny (chuckles).
03:33
Here we have some chewing gum.
03:41
Hubba Bubba.
03:43
Hubba Bubba is something we have in London, a lot of.
03:46
Usually they come in cubes, but this is a strip.
03:58
Why is there so much?
04:04
It smells (sniffs)
04:06
like (sniffs)
04:09
strawberries, but really sweet ones.
04:17
It feels like paper, why?
04:29
But if I drop it...
04:35
I don't know whether you're supposed to eat this at all.
04:38
This can't be good for you.
04:41
Although, if you have a sweet tooth,
04:43
this might be a really good way of quenching a sweet tooth.
04:54
The Color Purple.
04:57
When I was in the UK, I did a small play, musical,
05:02
called The Color Purple,
05:03
and then they invited me to do that same play on Broadway,
05:09
and that possibly was one of the most
05:12
defining moments in my life.
05:16
It changed my entire life.
05:18
I managed to win a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy for it.
05:22
That sounds really arrogant when I say it out loud,
05:25
but that's actually what happened,
05:27
and I still can't believe it,
05:29
but it was incredible to be a part of.
05:31
That's where I sang a lot.
05:36
Paint that happens to be the color purple.
05:48
(sighs)
06:13
(brushing)
06:26
So, I have always thought that the color purple
06:31
happens to be a rather royal color,
06:34
so I've always thought that it's a beautiful color
06:37
to try and keep on you wherever you go to remind you
06:44
that even if you don't think you have royal lineage,
06:48
you still are quite royal.
06:55
I think that the color purple
07:00
happens to be one of the most
07:04
beautiful colors in the spectrum
07:13
because it's made up of blue and red,
07:21
two of my favorite colors.
07:24
So, I guess purple is both of them in one.
07:28
(brushing)
07:45
Widows.
07:47
I'm pretty new to film,
07:48
and Widows happens to be the very first film
07:52
I have ever filmed.
07:54
It's the very first film set I've ever been on,
07:58
and it was pretty thrilling.
08:00
When you're acting opposite Viola Davis,
08:03
you definitely have to make sure that you're on your A game
08:07
because she's kind of incredible,
08:09
but it was wonderful to be a part of.
08:14
Some cash and coins.
08:25
(coins jingling)
08:50
(paper rustling)
08:56
So, the film is a heist,
09:00
and we need to get the cash from the governors,
09:06
I believe, of Chicago,
09:08
and this is only a small amount of what we managed to get,
09:13
which is kinda awesome.
09:19
(coins jingling)
09:23
We tend to get only paper money,
09:25
but this is way more fun to play with.
09:38
Bad Times at the El Royale.
09:41
This happens to be my second movie
09:44
and probably my biggest role to date,
09:47
and it is coming out very very soon, and I'm very excited.
09:52
I play a character called Darlene Sweet,
09:55
and she is a singer like me,
09:59
and I have to say that this was so much fun to be a part of,
10:03
and it's pretty thrilling.
10:05
In the film Bad Times at the El Royale, there is a moment,
10:08
well, a couple of moments where we see whiskey being drunk,
10:11
but there's a line that Father Flynn says.
10:15
He says shit happens, make the whiskey,
10:19
and I think I'm going to make you a glass of whiskey.
10:25
(ice clinking)
10:30
Ice, anyone?
10:36
(glass clinking)
11:30
Ah.
11:33
I hope you'll enjoy this ASMR with yours truly.
11:39
I hope it's as calming and as fun as it feels to you
11:43
as it is for me.
11:46
Bye.