Macy Gray says she acted as ‘Training Day’ to get photographed with Denzel Washington

Macy Gray is a big Denzel Washington fan like all of us.

The singer sat down with “Daily Blast Live” on Thursday to discuss her new music and revealed that nearly 20 years ago she signed up to be a part of training day simply because she wanted to take a picture with the movie star for her mother.

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“That’s when I signed up for the movie because I wanted to have a picture with him for my mom. That was all my inspiration to do this movie. I had no interest in acting” , she confessed. The star is in the new horror movie, Phobias.

The Grammy Award-winning artist added that apart from the photo, she visited Mr. Washington’s trailer for some acting advice.

“I arrived on set and realized, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know what to do!’ So I asked Denzel, I went to his trailer. And he said, ‘Just be like your character.’ You know, that’s basically what he’s a master at!”

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Gray is also socially engaged. Last summer, the singer spoke with leGrio about his new nonprofit for families affected by gun violence.

Gray started a nonprofit organization, My Good, to help families who are victims of police brutality.

Gray stopped leGrio to discuss the organization and continue to shed light on the many families who have been affected by unnecessary police violence.

“My Good is a new charity, and what we do is we support the families of victims of police killings,” she explained. “A lot of people, you know, you hear about police shootings, but people forget what families are going through after – the grief and, you know, the mental health issues, the huge financial burdens. So we’re here for those particular families.

Unfortunately, many of these police shootings do not result in justice for the victim or their family. Gray’s goal is to be there for these families and provide as much help as possible. Since the launch of the nonprofit organization, reception has been great and Gray is in the process of forging partnerships with other organizations.

“We’re getting a great response from people everywhere, from all walks of life, who just want to be there and lend their support,” Gray said. “A lot of people in the mental health field have reached out and said they want to offer their services to families, you know, especially mothers. It’s going really well. We do some partnerships with a group called Farmlink, which distributes food to all food banks across the country.

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My Good provides families with mental health services, financial assistance and advocacy against laws that influence violence. Gray explained why she chose to include financial aid in the foundation.

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“One of the moms was telling me that she had borrowed money to pay for the funeral, but she had no money to buy the costumes for the pallbearers,” the singer explained. “She wanted her son’s friends to have nice costumes for his funeral, and just a few things you might not think of.”

Gray then shared some of the bills families may have to pay out of pocket, such as hospital bills, tow trucks, legal fees and more.

“People think, ‘Oh, they’re getting these huge colonies,’ but 99% of them don’t. [Even] so it’s a 2-3 year battle. So it’s just an unmanageable thing,” she explained.

LeGrio’s Nayo Campbell contributed to this report

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