The lead actress of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is speaking candidly about her Christian faith and the important role it plays in her life.
In a recent interview Letitia Wright, who plays the lead role in the newest Black Panther movie, shared that she almost gave up acting altogether a few years ago after a bout of depression.
A friend and fellow actor, Malachi Kirby, invited her to an actor's Bible study. Her friend shared he felt God prompting him to ask Wright and she attended.
"[Christianity] gave me the centering I needed, the good foundation I needed, and it helped me to put in perspective what was important for me," says Wright. "Chasing something that is not tangible or not wholesome is not the way I want to go. If I was to pack all this up, I’d still be happy with my faith, the contentment I feel and the connection to God."
As the interview goes on, Wright shared that she had been chasing after things that never gave her a sense of purpose or joy.
"You feel you need a better job, or better role, or more accolades, or more recognition. And I was chasing that. I had been chasing, chasing, chasing, but feeling empty. I realized I don’t have to chase that anymore. If I trust that God has a plan for my life, and I follow that and trust I’m doing the right things, then if people feel it, they will. The more I prayed, the more I felt connected and the less anxious."
After Wright's friend and actor Chadwick Boseman passed away, she was up for the lead, playing his sister in the Marvel series. Previously she commented how he felt like an actual brother.
"He definitely believed in God," she said. "He grew up a Christian, and his brother was a pastor."
In 2020 Wright launched an entertainment company focusing on making meaningful content, called ThreeSixteen.
According to Variety, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is only the third movie this year to cross the $400 million mark domestically, doing well after hitting the theatres on November 11, 2022.