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Mary J Blige: I hope I can sing forever like Aretha Franklin

Mary J. Blige attends the 55th New York Film Festival - "Mudbound" Premiere, Oct. 13, 2017. (WENN/Ivan Nikolov)

Mary J. Blige plans to follow in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin when it comes to her music career.

The actress and singer is currently promoting her new movie "Mudbound," in which she stars as Florence Jackson, the mother of a family living off land owned by cotton farmers in Mississippi in the years following World War II.

While Blige has won rave reviews for her performance, she emphasized music remains her first love and she takes particular inspiration from one of America's most beloved musical icons.

"I hope I can sing forever, just not as an old woman getting up and doing a full concert," she shared in an interview with British newspaper Metro. "Just when people summon me like they do Aretha Franklin."

Blige has discussed how hard it was for her to go without her usual make-up and hairstyling for her part in "Mudbound," admitting there is still a lot of pressure for women to stay sexy and youthful in Hollywood.

"It's not easy for women because they're judged in a sexual way all the time. If our body's not hot, we're fat or we're old, then we're done," the 46-year-old sighed, as she discussed the double standards that exist within the entertainment industry. "In acting, you turn 30 and you're playing somebody's mom. But the men can do whatever, it's different for them.

"I don't know if I see myself acting up until I'm 70 but I'll go until I can't go anymore."

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