Actress Meagan Good stars in and executive produced the Lifetime movie, Death Saved My Life. She spoke exclusively to JaGurl TV about her experience connected to victims of domestic violence.
Death Saved My Life follows Jade (Meagan Good), who to the outside world appears to have it all. Jade has a successful career, a husband admired and respected in the community, and a young daughter they both adore. But behind closed doors, her life is far from idyllic. Her husband Ed (Chiké Okonkwo) is a controlling man who is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave Ed, he tells her “If I can’t have you, nobody will.” His threat quickly becomes very real when she finds he has hired someone to kill her. Knowing no one will believe her, Jade realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead.
La’Myia Good (who is Meagan Good’s sister in real life) plays Jade’s sister Leigh in the movie. Along with starring in the film, Good also serves as one of its executive producers along side Julie Insogna Jarrett, and Seth Jarrett. The movie is produced by Jarrett Creative and Seth Jarrett directs from a script written by Barbara Kymlicka. The movie will air as part of Lifetime’s popular Ripped from the Headlines slate.
The film touches a variety of topics including domestic violence. Meagan opened up about her friend who was previously a victim of domestic violence. “What’s interesting is that I realized that no matter how hard I tried to help her, she just wasn’t ready. And it aggravated me and it frustrated me,” Good tells JaGurl TV, “I tried to get involved but at a certain point, you know it’s just like she kind of pushed me away. so I would say every person’s situation is different but I think that a person, as a friend you should never go too far. You should stay in there and hang in there and try to help. But at a certain point, it really comes down to when that person is ready. And when you are ready, knowing that there is something else on the other side.”
“I think a lot of times people can’t even picture their lives outside that situation because they’ve been in it so long,” Good adds. “It’s hard to think or even fathom that there is something else.”
Although it can be hard for victims of domestic violence to see better days are coming, Good offers them powerful advice, “The life that you want, the things that you want, the dreams that are in your heart, the passion that you have for life, everything is right on the other side. If you take a step in that direction… just take the step because your whole entire life can change, and anything is better than where you are now.”
Be sure to watch the premiere of Death Saved My life on Lifetime Saturday, February 13th at 8 pm ET/PT.