Janelle Monáe Talks Collaborating With Lizzo and How Their Shania Twain Sing-Along Came About (Exclusive)

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Janelle Monae is expressing her love for Lizzo!

ET's Lauren Zima recently caught up with the 33-year-old singer and actress at the premiere of her latest film, Harriet, and couldn't help but gush over her friendship with Lizzo, with whom she recently shared Instagram pics and videos.

"I would love that," she says of a potential collab with the "Truth Hurts" singer. "We're friends, so I care more about our friendship than a collaboration, but yes, I would love it."

As for the content of their recent post -- which featured the women jamming out while singing along to Shania Twain -- Monae said it was fated after meeting the country star at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland back in July.

"We actually met Shania in Montreux and we formed a friendship with her too," Monae explains. "We're very spontaneous. Like, she comes over, we hang out, we don't, like, plan stuff. That was not planned. But it was just me honoring her. I think she's such an icon. And necessary."

The love was clearly mutual, with Twain taking to Instagram following her introduction to Monae and Lizzo to share an adorable snap of the trio.

"I had the best night watching these two phenomenal women," Twain gushed, after Monae and Lizzo took the stage at the festival.

When it comes to her acting career -- which has included roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight -- Monae said that she simply "follow[s] where my ancestors lead me" as she chooses her roles.

"Wherever I'm supposed to serve, however I'm supposed to contribute, that's where I go," she says. "And I was supposed to be here. It's been a dream come true to honor Harriet. She's my personal hero and I'm so thankful that my sisters [actress] Cynthia [Erivo] and [writer-director] Kasi [Lemmons] invited me along for this ride."

Harriet hits theaters Nov. 1.


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