Black Panther star Letitia Wright only wants progressive roles

Black Panther star Letitia Wright wants progressive roles.
Black Panther star Letitia Wright wants progressive roles.

Letitia Wright won’t take on roles that are not “progressive” for her community.

The Black Panther star feels it is important that she practises what she preaches and only accepts acting jobs if she feels they are “meaningful”.

“If it’s meaningful and serves a purpose, I’m up for it.”

— Letitia Wright

She said: “Early on, I would just say no if the roles weren’t progressive for myself or my community. You are told there’s not much for you. I just ignored it, and I’m still ignoring it. I want to work with anyone who has something to say. If it’s meaningful and serves a purpose, I’m up for it.”

Letitia rose to fame playing Shuri in Black Panther, and she admits the success of it was “overwhelming” for her because she didn’t expect a “response” like that to a movie that “represented the African Diaspora”.

She added: “After the premiere, it was overwhelming. I didn’t expect that response to the film. It was doing something that wasn’t done before, and it represented the African Diaspora. It also took the idea that an all-black cast cannot make this amount of money and slapped it in the face … I hadn’t seen a young black girl like that in so long. They’re very few and far between. A lot of girls related to Shuri, and I’m really proud of that.”