Black Panther actress, Sope Aluko, said the film set felt more “like a church” as the cast and crew were “testifying to God’s miracles” during the breaks.
Aluko, a Nigerian-born Christian who holds both U.S. and British citizenship, revealed what it was like to work on the set of Black Panther. ‘During breaks, we shared our testimony… and most of the people were testifying to God’s miracles, it was almost like church,’ Aluko said.
When asked how it felt to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest names like Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o, Alike said it was like being at home.
‘We had early call times but I didn’t even feel the long set hours because it was such a good time. I didn’t feel like I was amongst stars, everyone was so down to earth and normal,’ she explained.
Alike also added that she was happy to see Hollywood become more diverse.
‘For quite some time, for an African actor, it was difficult,’ Aluko said. ‘It seems as though the stories were not being told in a way that it should be. Hollywood had the version of Africa they wanted to present and package to the world and it looks like they’ve since changed then.’
She added: ‘Directors are now more open to casting real Africans with real accents from different parts of the continent, so that’s very reassuring. Notable names like Yvonne Orji, Lupita Nyong’o, and David Oyewole have made it easier for those coming behind to break in.
‘It’s cool to be Nigerian these days so it’s a great time for actors in Hollywood because it feels like it’s all finally happening.’
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