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Wakanda Forever: ‘The best experience of my life’- Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright is a Guyanese-British actress. She broke out in 2018 when she appeared in the biggest blockbusters of the year: “Black Panther” (2018) and “Ready Player One” (2018).  She plays Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister in Blank Panther: Wakanda Forever.  In an encounter with Naijatimes, Ms Wright shares her pains and gains being part of this mind blowing project.

How do you feel being part of this master piece; Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?

It is one of the most beautiful journeys we have been through; from the first film till now. It is a dream come true to represent characters and being a vessel used to carry out this wonderful project. Our audiences have supported and empowered us. The feedbacks have been awesome, altogether, it has really been beautiful. I am grateful for all the blessings that come with it. The acknowledgement and support is overwhelming. From top to bottom, it is one of the best experiences of our lives and we are grateful for it.

Did the death of Chadwick Boseman affect your emotions on set?

Yes. Every day. This is a real situation and  emotion that you have to deal with everyday out there. It is only human and natural to be affected by his death on set. We made sure to have a therapist, good counsel and ourselves on set. We had each other and processed together. You have to make sure you open up and not bottling everything inside because at the end of day, it would affect your output and lead to distractions. We handled it as a team, some days someone is stronger compared to the next person. And everyday we swap around, dealing with our grieves. We felt like he was there with us. We just dedicated the whole work to him. 

What was your first reaction when you got the script for the Blank Panther 2?

When I saw the script, I was like wow, this a deeper level. We are going into Wakanda on a higher level which comes with introduction of new characters. The topics and things we are able to discuss with each other as a society. I was happy again to be part of this special piece of art. And another opportunity for us to dive into this world and give our audiences what they crave. It’s a great opportunity to be part of this franchise. 

What were the extra things you did to put yourself in character to ensure you deliver your roles perfectly?

We did a lot tank works; getting comfortable in water. As a team, we got a lot trainings; how to free dive inside water. It was really fun and it also prepared our lungs and minds for what was ahead.  We all practised with the camera crew and it was really fun. In the film, water was symbolic and metaphoric. It is really beautiful that underwater world was represented in our film. And again, it goes back to healing, transition and all. 

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