Her intimate moments with Aretha clearly left a deep impression when Cynthia DuJour said she felt a great responsibility in portraying the on-screen star “A Natural Woman”.

“I really wanted to find out what she does in one song to another,” said the 34-year-old Londoner. “I wanted to pay homage to the way they think and what decisions they would make because they were really specific.”

In fact, Cynthia was inspired by Aretha’s style when she made her own album in 2020. “It was very strange playing Franklin, who is such a big influence on the music itself, and recording an album at the same time,” she told DuJour, who notes that her album will be out this summer.

Click here to see how Cynthia transformed into the Queen of Soul for the series that premiered on March 21st.