Cedric Joe Expands His Résumé With Women of the Movement

In our Q&A series Last Call, we get down to the bottom of every last thing with some of our favorite celebs — from the last time they were starstruck to the last song they listened to. This week, Cedric Joe takes our call.

Cedric Joe has our full attention with his role as Emmett Till on Women of the Movement. The ABC limited anthology series chronicles Emmett’s murder in 1955 and the story of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who subsequently became an activist while seeking justice for her son. Following previous appearances on Modern Family, Good Trouble, and Space Jam: A New Legacy, the show marks the 16-year-old actor’s most serious project to date.

Cedric told POPSUGAR that he felt a huge responsibility with his portrayal of Emmett. “It meant a lot to me,” he said. “Everyone who I was with and who helped me prepare for the role made it very comfortable and I’m glad I got to portray Emmett.” By stepping into Emmett’s shoes, Cedric also discovered just how much he is capable of as an actor. “It was definitely a different role portraying someone who was real, portraying a story that really happened.”

Through watching Emmett’s story play out on screen, Cedric hopes that viewers are able to see that “we are all equal.” He added, “I hope that they take away that Mamie and Emmett were real people that this happened to . . . I want viewers to know that stories like this happened back then, happened before, and are still happening now.”

Women of the Movement airs on Thursdays on ABC. Read the rest of Cedric’s Last Call interview ahead.

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