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EFOC 2024: Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict reveal how Tyler Perry’s ‘Divorce in the Black’ challenges expectations – Essence

EFOC 2024: Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict reveal how Tyler Perry's 'Divorce in the Black' challenges expectations

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JULY 6: Meagan Good (left) and Cory Hardrict attend Day 2 of the Essence Festival of Culture at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 6, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)

Meagan Good and Cory Hardict visited the ESSENCE Film Festival during the ESSENCE Festival of Culture 2024 to promote their new film, Tyler Perry’s Divorce in the black.

Audiences were shown early clips that provided context to the film’s main characters and their motivations. Cory Hardict plays Dallas, a man who struggles to contain his anger and nearly collapses on the thin ice of marriage. Megan Good plays the role of Ava, a young woman who is constantly recovering from Dallas’s neglect. To avoid spoilers, not too many details were revealed in the preview.

EFOC 2024: Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict reveal how Tyler Perry's 'Divorce in the Black' challenges expectations
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JULY 6: Meagan Good (left) and Cory Hardrict attend Day 2 of the Essence Festival of Culture at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 6, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)

When asked how he prepares for the role of Dallas, Hardrict confirmed that he prepares scripts by practicing similar characters from other films. Ike Turner in What does love have to do with it became the actor’s muse for the role. Hardrict says he often tries to choose roles that relate to his childhood in Chicago when suiting up for his next role. This honed character identifiability was his key to success, as he went on to act in approximately 100 productions.

Good boasted about her co-star’s ability to adapt well to his role and expressed how impressed she was after Hardrict thanked her for helping him get the role of Dallas. Hardrict stated that the production had some reservations about casting him, but his stellar performance led to him getting the part.

The afternoon ESSENCE Film Festival audience reacted visibly to the sneak peek clip, especially after Good’s character Ava delivered the final line: “I gave up so much of myself to be with you that you never got to know the real me.”

EFOC 2024: Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict reveal how Tyler Perry's 'Divorce in the Black' challenges expectations
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JULY 6: (L-R) Janee Bolden, Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict speak onstage during day two of the Essence Festival of Culture at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 6, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/WireImage)

When asked what he wants the audience to take away, Hardrict says his hope is that viewers realize that redemption is always an option – even if it doesn’t come in the form of a second chance. On the other hand, Good urged the audience to always trust in God, especially in uncertain situations like Ava and Dallas’ relationship.

Divorce in the black Streaming on Prime Video begins July 11, 2024.