Teyana Taylor Reveals She Had Postpartum Depression While Filming 'A Thousand and One'

Teyana Taylor told Yahoo! Entertainment about the "emotional" time she was going through and how she channeled that into her character, Inez

Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr., Teyana Taylor, and Rue Rose Shumpert attend the New York premiere of Focus Features' "A Thousand and One" at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem on March 27, 2023 in New York City.
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Teyana Taylor had a lot on her plate while tackling the new dramatic role she's receiving early praise for.

In A Thousand and One, the 31-year-old multi-hyphenate — who is mom to daughters Rue Rose, 2, and Iman Tayla (a.k.a. Junie), 6½, with husband Iman Shumpert — plays Inez, a hairdresser who gets out on parole and kidnaps her son, Terry, out of foster care so they can start over together.

Speaking with Yahoo! Entertainment about her step into serious roles as an actress, the model mom of two admitted it was "definitely emotional" filming the drama.

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Teyana Taylor with daughters New York Premiere Focus Features' "A Thousand And One", AMC Magic Johnson Harlem, USA - 27 Mar 2023
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"I was actually six months postpartum when we started working on A Thousand and One. So I was dealing with literal postpartum depression," she revealed to the outlet.

"And in the midst of dealing with postpartum depression, I lost a lot of my childhood friends. [I was] back home to film and then come to find out that a lot of [my] childhood has been erased. That was a lot, emotionally."

Taylor called playing Inez "very therapeutic for me," explaining, "I was able to cry out loud for once."

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert kids
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"I think I hadn't been able to do that because when you're a super mom, that's all your kids see you as, you're a superhero all day, every day," she continued. "So going to the set every day, I was able to put my cape to the side, have my therapy session and just cry out loud."

"Any type of quiet battles I was fighting or struggles, I was able to pour it all into Inez and really give my all. And I think that's what made it so real and authentic because every single emotion was real. Every single tear was real. Every single scream was real. Every single emotion was real," she explained.

As Taylor noted, "This role is something that I prayed for, something I was willing to work for. It was something I was willing to fight for. And that's exactly what I did."

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