LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Beyonce's latest big screen venture, "Cadillac Records," opens this weekend. And in a new interview, the singer and actress discussed how while playing the role of Etta James, she took her work home with her.
But it wasn't just in the form of scripts. She took home Etta's attitude.
"I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn't mean I don't get frustrated in my life," Beyonce told ELLE's January issue. "My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically. But playing Etta was a time when I didn't have to do that. I could be loud and let it rip."
And according to the magazine, when Beyonce brought Etta home, at one point husband Jay-Z once suggested, "You better go get a hotel."
While Beyonce and her husband of just over six months have kept their romance and marriage out of the spotlight, lately, the singer has been hinting at how things work in their superstar household.
"It is a power struggle," Beyonce said of her marriage to the hip-hop kingpin. "But if I didn't respect someone and they didn't have that strength, then I would be bored. I wouldn't be attracted to them. But at the same time, I'm not looking for someone to dominate me."
Though she is a confident 27-year-old woman now, Beyonce said that as a teenage member of Destiny's Child she grew up "really sheltered."
After concerts, "we would get on the tour bus and read the Bible," she told the magazine.
And she still steers clear of many of the opportunities Hollywood offers, such as after concert parties, in order to protect herself.
"There are a lot of things I never did... because I believe in watching those 'True Hollywood Stories' and I see how easy it is to lose track of your life," Beyonce said. "Think about Marilyn Monroe."
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