Dorothy Steel is a living proof to never give up on your dreams.
The 92-year-old Atlantan got her big break when she was 91 years old, landing a role in the mega-hit Black Panther as the Merchant Tribal Elder giving advice to the King of Wakanda.
Steel told WSBTV in Atlanta that she didn’t even pursue acting until she was 88!
“If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind,” she said.
Casting callbacks don’t usually happen the way it did for Steel who submitted her audition and within an hour got a call for a role in the blockbuster. On top of it all, Dorothy Steel ended up being cast in one of the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe releases of all time.
Dorothy Steel also told the Atlanta station that she believes the female heroes in the film helped the movie break records at the box office.
Steel said her role as Tribal Elder was fitting, especially because on set she also doubled as the resident grandmother.
“Chadwick [Boseman] the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big ol’ hug and kiss,” Steel shared.
“We were one big melting pot of Black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before,” Steel added.
We hope to see Steel in the next Black Panther movie.
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