Cedric Joe on the role of Emmett Till in the film “Women of the Movement”


In our Q&A series Last callWe get to the heart of everything with some of our favorite celebrities – from when they were last hit by a star to the last song they listened to. Cedric Joe is answering our call this week.

Cedric Joe gets our attention with his role as Emmett Till in Women of Movement… A limited series of ABC anthologies follows the assassination of Emmett in 1955 and the story of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who later became an activist seeking justice for her son. After previous performances at Modern family, Good trouble, and Space Jam: A New LegacyThe show marks the 16-year-old actor’s most serious project to date.


Cedric told KristenBellTattoos.com that he feels a huge responsibility for the role of Emmett. “It meant a lot to me,” he said. “Everyone I was with and who helped me prepare for the role made it very comfortable and I’m glad I was able to play Emmett.” In replacing Emmett, Cedric also discovered what he was capable of as an actor. “It was definitely a different role, portraying someone who was real, portraying a story that actually happened.”

By watching Emmett’s story unfold on screen, Cedric hopes viewers can see that “we are all equal.” He added, “I hope they take away that Mamie and Emmett were the real people to whom this happened … I want viewers to know that stories like this happened then, happened before, and continue to happen now.”


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

What was your last day of filming Women in Motion for you?

It was definitely emotional, just remembering how much time we spent together, how much time we spent on our characters, and just really reliving the story we tell. And then get to know each other and build relationships and chemistry with each actor.


What was the last thing you did with your Women of Motion co-stars off-set?

We recently had a chance to visit New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for the premiere Women of Movementso it was a truly immersive experience.

Who is the last partner in Women in Motion that you corresponded with?


I recently spoke with Luke Hardeman, who plays Maurice, and Joshua Caleb Johnson, who plays Wheeler. Joshua and I still hang out because we both live in Los Angeles, so we see each other quite often.

Aside from your own show, what was the last show you watched avidly?

The last episode I watched in full was Chi… But I’m watching now BMF

What was the last song / album you listened to?

The last song I listened to was “Slide” by HER featuring YG. The last album I listened to was Live fast Roddy Rich.

What’s the last book you read?

All American boys Brendan Keely and Jason Reynolds.

What’s the last thing you did for fun?

I actually just went to an NFL game. I went to the Rams vs. 49ers so it was really fun.

What’s the last thing you bought online?

New headset for my game console because I don’t know what happened to my other one.

What was the last trip you went on?

Drive to Chicago for the premiere.

When was the last time you were struck by a star?

The last time I was amazed was on the trip we took to the premiere. The mere sight of Wheeler Parker and his family definitely amazed me.

What was the last piece of advice you received that changed your life?

Be humble and remain faithful. These were some of the things that I think have changed my life and will continue to change it for the better. Being humble is very important in any business, as well as staying purposeful and consistent in your work and what you love to do.

Image source: Courtesy of Cedric Joe.

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