I was selected by Disney to attend these events and experiences. This was an all-expense paid opportunity and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
If I could pick any two celebrities to instantly make siblings, it would be Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright. They were SO much fun to hang out with, y’all. I mean, these two are hilarious, energetic and are the type of celebs that are so down to earth that you forget that they are huge stars.
It was a pleasure getting the opportunity to learn a bit more about how shooting Black Panther went for them.
Shout out to Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes for all of these stunning pictures.
Letitia on style and hair
No spoilers here but if you saw Black Panther, you know how dope the style and hairstyles were. We wanted to get a bit more information how you Letitia felt about the fashion and if she enjoyed rocking the stylish looks.
Letitia: I didn’t like dresses to begin with. I wasn’t really super girly when I started Black Panther. And then she (Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter) would bring me into a fitting and fit dresses on me and say “We’re gonna make your body look like…” and I’d go “Damn!!” Everybody across the board looked dope.
Ryan and Camille, the head of the hair department, settled on braids Then Nikki would come in and be like, “What are you wearing?” and she would see rough pictures from Ruth and then she would start designing on my head. So, all of those things are like literally just people coming with ideas and Nikki as well just literally sleeping on it and coming in the morning like, ‘”I got something.”
On training for Black Panther
Because Black Panther, after all, IS a superhero movie. You’ve got to know there will be some fight scenes, right? Daniel shared with us how he prepared.
Daniel: Well, yeah, we did a lot of sword training. We had like, we had so much sword training. I think what was amazing is that everyone had to have their own fighting style. Everyone had their own fighting style that reflects their character. And then kind of trying to have a hybrid of all these stars and we just worked in all these fights that we were working with. We just have a well of knowledge and a well of training over those few monthsbeforehand that we can draw from.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…oh my!
As bloggers, we’ve been having our eyes on the ground as it relates to all things Black Panther. We wanted to know what the reactions were like for our stars. Did they see the wave of excitement for Black Panther after the World Premiere? Their answers surprised us.
Letitia: He’s ghost on social. I’m semi-ghost. What that means is that I’ve got an Instagram and I really don’t want to have one but I don’t want anyone to pretend to be me.
Daniel: I had a year of people pretending to be me.
(Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)
Letitia: Yeah. See. This is why I did it. And then I put a few pictures up so people know it’s me but to be honest we haven’t. I’ve seen a few, like here and there.
Letitia: We’re from London. Actors from London, I find, sometimes we, we don’t have that type of world back home where it’s like super social media. We kind of like do the work and hide. When stuff like that happens, I take a long time to go on and see what people are talking about.
Daniel: We do the work and we want to connect with people. We want to empower the people. We have it and it’s ours in the process and then it comes out and it’s yours.
One of the best things about Marvel movies is how there are little nuggets of humor intertwined. We just had to know how they made this happen.
Letitia: I didn’t go in thinking that I’m gonna be funny. The writing was so good. And then I would find myself coming up with stuff.
Daniel: I think what’s amazing about Letitia’s performance in this film is that she’s honest. It’s the best kind of comedy for me ’cause it’s grounded. It’s about love, you know.
The message on character pain and grief
Somehow Daniel was able to turn something as heavy as pain and grief into something beautiful. This comment blew me away.
Daniel: How you deal with pain really informs how you move forward. And it informs who you are and what you do and the energies and the people that are around you. As black people, everyday is pain. What’s amazing about this is, it deals with this and it talks about these two roads. You don’t have to go down that road but also it’s not solely about it. It’s about joy, it’s about brother and sister, it’s about family, it’s about communities, about nation, it’s about pride.
On how inspirational Shuri is
We were all touched by Letitia’s role as Shuri but we wanted to know if she knew how big of a deal her character was, especially to little girls and women.
Letitia: This film is pretty much years of prayer and I would pray when I was a teenager just getting into acting, like, whatever I do, I just want to be a vessel to be of inspiration. Doesn’t have to necessarily mean that that character is not flawed or perfect or has to be a perfect character but just to inspire. I understood what was gonna be happening, I understood the magnitude of the film. I understood that I’m standing with Daniel, Lupita, Chad, Ryan, like Michael. I could see what was going on and I could see what would be the result so I tried to just tell the truth.
(Letitia Wright as Shuri, image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)
If a kid can be like, “Man, I want to do science,” I’m not trying to force it down your throat. It’s kind of like, I’m just gonna be the vessel and be real. And then, if it inspires people, then yes, so, yeah. I didn’t take the burden on of, “Oh my God, I’m gonna be inspiring a lot of people.” And and I knew it was gonna happen.
Rock on Daniel and Letitia. You both have a major fan in me!
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER lands in theaters on February 16th!
My #BlackPantherEvent Coverage
- Announcing My Trip
- The World Premiere + Purple Carpet Coverage
- Black Panther Film Review
- Lupita Nyong’o & Danai Gurira Interview
- Forest Whitaker Interview
FTC Disclosure: My travel, accommodations, and experiences were sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own.