Black Panther star Letitia Wright in an interview for ELLE UK for the cover of their November issue, made some insightful points and if other celebrities will work together as she hopes, the movie industry and arts, in general, will be a different space to what it is now.
The Identity School of Acting alum said: “But, the funny thing is, if you actually step aside from that mentality and go, no, there’s space for all of us [to succeed], we just have to keep building a wall.” “The bricks at the bottom have to be laid first before the bricks on the second row can be laid. So, if you say, OK, you lay your brick there, and I’ll lay my brick in the next two months.”
“Let me make sure that your brick that’s laid is good and solid and paid well… Then, soon, you have a wall. Yes, I stole that from Will Smith.” She then added: “I’ve listened to that since I was 16, but he has a point: we have to be bricks, we have to be that solid foundation for each other or else what’s the point?”
With awards galore after her impressive acting in ‘Black Panther’, namely: The Screen Actors Guild Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the British Academy Film Awards last year. She touched more about her personal life and how it is moving about in public.
She said: ‘As soon as you go to Sainsbury’s, you could even be wearing a hat but they’re like, ‘Yo, I swear that’s my girl from Black Panther!’
On her personal life, Letitia said: “I really pride myself on the circle that I keep and it’s a very small circle, it’s almost like a dot. I remember I asked actor Naomie Harris a few years back for some advice, and she met with me and said, ”How you carry yourself is how people will respond to you.
So, if I turned up and I have a Gucci bag or [I’m] in the club every day – there’s no problem with that if that’s your vibe – but I’m very quiet and all about the work.” Letitia is well known to be good friends with John Boyega and Damson Idris and the bunch have been longtime friends.
Talking on the scenery for UK actors, she said: ‘We’re all a family, we all support each other. And – I’m not going to lie – in the UK because we’re so small, like, it’s such a small pond of actors, we just support each other and love each other.’
Currently, Letitia, 26, is set to depict the hardships of London’s West Indian community for Steve McQueen’s new series Small Axe. We can’t wait!