‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Co-Star Lashana Lynch Talks Tapping Into The Essence Of Rita Marley


Apr. 2 2024, Published 4:00 p.m. ET

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In “Bob Marley: One Love,” audiences are transported into the heart of the reggae legend’s life, with Lashana Lynch portraying the iconic Rita Marley.

Touted as “one of the most successful musical biopics ever,” the film earning almost $83 million at U.S. box offices alone, and more than $100 million globally.

At the core of Lynch’s portrayal lies her interpretation of Rita Marley’s profound love for Bob Marley, which she describes as “transcendent” and deeply rooted in the soul. Her performance has been lauded by critics as “triumphant,” and a “magnetic presence” in the film.

Drawing from personal meetings with Rita, Lynch channels this emotional depth throughout the film, navigating the highs and lows of their relationship with unwavering authenticity. She emphasizes the importance of portraying the nuances of love on screen, particularly within the context of the black community, where on-screen relationships often lack depth.

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Director Reinaldo Marcus Green and Lashana Lynch

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Acknowledging the weight of bringing a real-life figure to the screen, Lynch speaks candidly about the challenges of doing justice to Rita Marley’s legacy and authentically representing her story. Yet, she credits the collaborative efforts of the cast and crew in achieving a portrayal that transcends mere imitation, aiming to offer audiences a fresh perspective on the enduring love story of the Marleys.

Watch above, in an exclusive interview with Her Agenda, where Lynch offered insights into her transformative portrayal of the iconic singer and delves into the complexities of love, authenticity, and the challenges of embodying a real-life figure.

The conversation kicks off with a rapid-fire round of questions, where Lynch’s quick-witted responses provide a glimpse into everything from her responsible pre-shoot food choices to her favorite inspiration in Hollywood This set the tone for a deeper exploration of Lynch’s craft in the Bob Marley biopic.

“Bob Marley: One Love” is now available to buy or rent on streaming platforms and will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 28 via Paramount Pictures.

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By: Lauren Mayo

Lauren is a journalist, on-air host, actress, and recovering tomboy. She writes everything entertainment, entrepreneurship, and wellness. She is a fan of Bob's Burgers, to-do lists, and kind people with big dreams. Lauren has contributed to Netflix, ESPN’s SEC Network, CBS Radio, ESPNU, ESPN3,, The Hype Magazine, Afterbuzz TV, Black Hollywood Live, HER AGENDA, and more. Connect with her on Instagram and TikTok @laurenoutloud

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