It's been three years since acting legend Angela Bassett lost her mother to heart disease, and now she's honoring her in the best possible way.
Bassett, who recently starred in an episode of Aziz Ansari's "Master of None," is using the heartbreaking loss of her mother, Betty Jane Bassett, to spread awareness about the link between type 2 diabetes, which her mother suffered from, and heart disease.
"This is a way in which I can honor her," Bassett said of her efforts with For Your SweetHeart. "I miss her dearly every day. [...] I hope she would be proud. I've always endeavored to make her pleased and proud. She loved people, and I'm still always hearing from others about how they miss her so, and how they enjoyed the time they spent with her."
In addition to her efforts with For Your SweetHeart, Bassett is also prepping for the 2018 release of "Black Panther," one of the most highly anticipated superhero movies in recent memory in which she plays the mother of T'Challa.
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Actress Angela Bassett of the show '9-1-1' attends the FOX Upfront on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 02: Angela Bassett arrives for the Premiere Of 'The Bodyguard' at the Pantages Theatre on May 2, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: Angela Bassett arrives at UCLA's Johnsson Center hosts 22nd Annual 'Taste For A Cure' held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Actress Angela Bassett attends the red carpet event for FX's television series 'Feud: Bette and Joan,' March 1, 2017 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: (L-R) Actress Yara Shahidi, actress Angela Bassett and Vice Chair Dana Walden attend the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Hosts 22nd Annual 'Taste for a Cure' event honoring Yael and Scooter Braun at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Quvenzhane Wallis, Yara Shahidi, Aja Naomi King, Danielle Brooks, Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Janelle Monae, Angela Bassett and Diahann Carroll at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Essence)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Angela Bassett attends the 2017 Pre-Oscar Gala for the American Black Film aInstitute at Preston's on February 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Angela Bassett speaks during the The Hillary Victory Fund Stronger Together Concert at the St. James Theatre in New York on October 17, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Angela Bassett arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Courtney B. Vance (R), winner of the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for 'The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,' and actress Angela Bassett attend the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Angela Bassett attends the Vanity and FX Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations Party at Craft Restaurant on September 17, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance attends the Television Academy Reception Honoring The 68th Emmy Award Performer Nominees, in West Hollywood, California, on September 16, 2016. / AFP / JEAN BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Wilson Cruz (L) and Angela Bassett arrives to the opening night of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' at Mark Taper Forum on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images,)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 27: Actress Angela Bassett delivers remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 25: Actress Angela Bassett attends Academy Award-Winner Kathy Bates Hosts Reception On Eve Of California Walk To Fight Lymphedema at Huntley Hotel on June 25, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lymphatic Education & Research Network)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Angela Bassett arrives for the 12th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Tribute Concert at The Novo by Microsoft on May 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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"People are really anticipating the arrival of this," she said. "People have been chomping at the bits to see this one come to the big screen. It has a host of wonderful actors, and everyone did their thing. It won't disappoint!"
Bassett said she was "peacock proud" to be in the company of the film's incredible cast, which includes heavyweight names like Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Forest Whitaker. Though a superhero movie might seem like an unexpected film for Bassett to star in, that's exactly why she chose it.
"Sometimes you do a role, and then folks offer you [more of] that same role, which makes you not as excited," she explained about which roles she chooses to take on. "It's got to have something in the mix of it that's different, because it's about growing, right? It's about growing, about expanding, about being thrilled, about showing up and not phoning it in."
That willingness to go all the way and go all in is a trait that she learned from her late mother.
"My mother was one that said, 'I don't have any average kids.' It's about always pressing forward and [going] out of your comfort zone. Sometimes when you're most afraid, that's the one you should take."
For more of our interview with Angela Bassett, watch the video above.