Mary J. Blige Did Her Own Stunts in Netflix’s New ‘Umbrella Academy’: ‘I Was Pulling Glass Out of My Face’

Mary J. Blige kicks butt.

The singer-actress plays Cha-Cha, a villain in the new “The Umbrella Academy,” Netflix’s adaptation of the superhero comic book series of the same name.

“I went all the way for Cha-Cha,” Blige told Variety on Tuesday at the series’ red carpet premiere in Hollywood. “The stunt work was amazing. I did a lot of my own stunts. I did a lot of my own fights.”

“I was hanging from wires, for real,” she continued. “I was pulling glass out of my face. It was crazy.”

Blige even had to face off against Cameron Britton, who plays a fellow villain and is 6’5″ tall.

“We just did it,” Blige recalled. “I said, ‘Look, don’t be afraid. Throw me, punch me, whatever! Do it. Just do it.’ I’m strong like that.”

But, she admitted, “We were pretty sore and beaten up the next day.”

Britton was in awe of Blige’s work ethic. “She was up at six in the morning on Saturday to do martial arts while I was still midway through my sleep patterns,” he said.

Co-star Emmy Raver-Lampman added, “She’s a badass but she’s also like the sweetest human and she loves tequila.”

Raver-Lampman said karaoke was a fun past time while shooting in Toronto. However, she couldn’t recall Blige’s karaoke numbers because “I probably had too much tequila, too.”

The Umbrella Academy” streams on Netflix on Feb. 15.

More TV

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    'The Witcher' Adds 'Killing Eve' Alum Kim Bodnia for Season 2

    Viewers will soon have another witcher to toss a coin to. Kim Bodnia, whom many will know from playing Villanelle’s handler on “Killing Eve,” has been cast in season 2 of “The Witcher” on Netflix. He will play the eighr-episode role Vesemir. Described as a charming relic of the witcher Golden Age, Vesemir is the [...]

  • SUPERSTORE -- "Negotiations" Episode 510 --

    America Ferrera to Exit 'Superstore' After Current Season

    America Ferrera is set to leave the NBC comedy series “Superstore” upon the conclusion of its current fifth season. Ferrera has been with the show since it launched and is also an executive producer on the single-camera series in addition to directing multiple episodes. “The last five years on ‘Superstore’ have been some of the [...]

  • The Amazing Race

    CBS Suspends 'The Amazing Race' Production Over Coronavirus Fears (EXCLUSIVE)

    CBS has temporarily shut down production of Season 33 of “The Amazing Race” amid the increasing number of cases of coronavirus worldwide, Variety has learned exclusively. The move was undertaken “out of an abundance of caution,” as the respiratory virus has not impacted anyone directly involved with the show. “Due to increased concerns and uncertainty [...]

  • Daria Berenato WWE Sonya Deville

    Imagine Artist Management Signs WWE's Daria Berenato (EXCLUSIVE)

    WWE star Daria Berenato has signed with Imagine Artist Management for representation, Variety has learned exclusively. Berenato, who wrestles under the name Sonya Deville, is currently signed to WWE’s “SmackDown Live” brand. She is also known for appearing on Season 9 of WWE’s E! docuseries “Total Divas” and for her time on the WWE reality [...]

  • Sophia Bush

    Sophia Bush to Lead CBS Medical Drama Pilot 'Good Sam'

    Sophia Bush has signed on for the title role in the CBS drama pilot “Good Sam,” Variety has learned. In the show, talented yet stifled heart surgeon Sam (Bush) embraces her leadership role after her renowned and pompous boss, Griff (not yet cast), falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, however, [...]

  • Brandon Scott Jones

    CBS Comedy Pilot 'Ghosts' Casts Brandon Scott Jones (EXCLUSIVE)

    Brandon Scott Jones has been cast in the CBS comedy pilot “Ghosts.” The single-camera comedy is an adaptation of the BBC One series of the same name. It follows a struggling young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content