Forgive her father because she has sinned.
Alongside former Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams sang about being a “Survivor,” but in “Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story,” the 42-year-old has to fight to survive when an abandoned ex-lover is out for his blood.
In the movie Lifetime from executive producers TD Jakes, Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson, Williams plays single lawyer Chastity Jeffries focused on her career and becomes a partner in her law firm until she meets someone who, at first, seems to be the perfect guy.
Xavier Collins, played by 44-year-old Canadian actor Antonio Cupo, is handsome, sexy and hard to resist. After a quick seduction and a steamy shower scene, Chastity is hooked. But what begins as a passionate spark turns into a dangerous fire.
Based on Victoria Christopher Murray’s book series, “Wrath: A Seven Deadly Sins Story” also stars Williams’ lifelong friend Tina Knowles, 68, who plays Chastity’s mother, Sarah. Meanwhile, 32-year-old “Growing up Hip Hop” alum Romeo Miller (known to many as former teenage rapper Lil’ Romeo) takes on the spicy role of Chastity’s childhood boyfriend Roger Thompkins.
The Post caught up with the singer and actress about her new movie, which debuts Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. EST, alongside Mama Knowles and the long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion.
Your character is a very successful professional woman focused on her career. Did you bond with Chastity and notice any parallels between your life and hers?
Absolutely. I am officially single. I found myself resonating with her in many ways. YesYou put your finger on the search for love [and] want love. Maybe you’re not making the right choices in love, but you’re making the right career choices. And how many women can possibly understand. You kill it in your career, but the love story doesn’t quite balance.
What was your experience working with Tina Knowles, who plays your mother, Sarah, in the film?
It was beautiful to work with Miss Tina because she has been like a mother, nurse and protector to me for 22 years. And so when we got on set, we just looked into each other’s eyes, and it was just natural for us to do what we do. I mean, there were times in my life when Miss Tina had to console me like a mother would. She must have given me advice like a mother would. So actually, when they mentioned her name, when I got the phone call about doing the movie, it was for her that I said yes. We knew from the mention of everyone’s names that this was going to be great to do.
Did you speak with Beyoncé while filming with her mom Tina?
Myself, Beyonce and Kelly have our group chats and I was texting the girls like, “Yo, mommy’s killing it!” So it was just really a joy to still have a brotherhood [and] relationship all these years.
The chemistry between you, Kelly and Beyoncé is undeniable. Why do you think chemistry and brotherhood survived for so many years after Destiny’s Child ended?
I would say true love. They’re my kindred spirits to the point where, you know, I saw Beyoncé the other day and I walked in and we have the same shoes, the same jeans, the same colored top. And one of her friends said to me, “Are you about to go play or do something?” It happens all the time. Go back to his first “Lion King” a few years ago. We didn’t plan to be dressed in the same colors, it’s just that we’re connected forever.
Is there a chance the Destiny’s Children will reunite?
I wonder if it’s in our head, but it never comes out of our mouth. As naturally as we talk about so many other things, when the time comes it will naturally come up in the conversation one way or another. We have fun together when we decide to work together in this capacity. I don’t think any of us object to that. That’s right, what’s the right opportunity? But I will say that we haven’t released an official album together in 17 years and the questions to ask now are really great. It makes me think about the obvious impact we must have had on the world.
Your Chastity character is a fighter. Did you learn karate for the movie and ever have to kick ass in real life?
Look, I definitely had to learn karate. There were definitely professionals around us to make sure we could do what we needed to do. I have only participated in one fight in my life. I mean, aside from the occasional fights I had with my blood sister – not me and Kelly, my singing sisters never had fights. But I remember growing up, I was battling Vacation Bible School. What kind of pagans did we have to fight in church? It’s the only fight I’ve ever been in. But I stay out of trouble, otherwise there’s security getting paid to do what they have to do. But thank goodness even security never had to bully anyone.
At the end of “Wrath”, Chastity says “only six deadly sins to overcome”. What deadly sin does Michelle Williams still have to overcome?
I would say pride, because pride creeps in when you least expect it. Pride is beyond, “Oh, I’m proud of myself.” Pride is even how you say something. What seat do you sit in when you say something? Are you saying it to look down on someone because you have more experience and think your path is better? In fact, I found myself apologizing to someone a few weeks ago, saying, “I’m so sorry. I think I let some pride slip through the cracks. And I think as I get older, I’m able to recognize and apologize more quickly for certain things or the way you say something isn’t what you say. Sometimes it’s just the way you say it or the seat you say it from. Pride is really the beginning. It comes before the fall, so I really, really have to check the pride.
Speaking of falls, one of the most infamous moments of your career was when you tripped during a “106 and Park” performance. Did you expect this moment to become such a powerful meme/GIF of female empowerment and perseverance?
It was 18 years ago. You fall and you get up. Nobody is perfect. You are going to have slippages. Some slip up but make it a synonym for times when you maybe failed in a relationship, you failed in a career, you failed in an opportunity, but you found a way to learn from it and you made a few corrections and you got up and killed him.
Your co-star in the film is rapper Romeo. Did you know Romeo before this film and how did it work with him?
It was amazing to work with Romeo. He’s no longer Lil’ Romeo. [laughs]. So I definitely had to get that out of my head. He grew up. He is over 18 years old. He was a gem to work with. He is so solid in who he is and even in his faith. So it was so much fun for us to work together.
What do you think audiences can take away from “Wrath”?
Pay attention and think. Listen to your instincts, whether you call it mind or intuition. How many red flags showed up in this relationship, but Chastity was probably blinded by love or her male parts. How many of us have been blindsided by this and how those red flags are starting to look like Six Flags when you covet! OKAY! Or you ignore the red flags because you feel like they’re not who they are because they were just having a bad day, but no, that’s a pattern. It’s the core of who they are and get out there if you can. But my heart goes out to so many people who didn’t make it because of love or what they thought was love.
Are there more acting projects in your future?
I would like. I’m a broadway girl but from film and television, I’d like to do more.