His garnering incredible buzz for his turn as a free man who’s sold into slavery in pre-Civil War Louisiana in 12 Years a Slave and also for his role as the revolutionary professor ‘Odenigbo’ in Half of a Yellow Sun. Though he is one of our own, a British-Born Actor of Nigerian ancestry who goes by the name Chiwetel Ejiofor, here are 8 things you may not know about him;
On his life;
He was born in East London, went to school at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theater. His first film debut was in the television film Deadly Voyage in 1996. He was only 19 when he played the role of Interpreter James Covey in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad
On his parents;
His parent’s met as teenagers in Enugu city, Nigeria and fled to London during the Biafran war in the late 60’s
On his siblings;
He is one of four children, an older brother and two younger sisters
On the scar on his forehead;
He got the scar from a car crash in Nigeria at the age of 11. Four other people were in the car including his father. Everyone except the stranger sitting next to him were killed. His father was only 39.
On what led him to acting;
His interest in others is part of what led him to acting. “I’ve always found people really interesting,” he says. “I’m not someone who doesn’t really get other people – doesn’t really understand what they’re for, and why there are so many of them!” He chuckles. “I’ve always kind of enjoyed it.”
On his first directorial debut;
A short 20-minute film entitled Slapper.
On what he struggles with more than anything;
“Actually, really trying to connect to my life is always a struggle, because a lot of my life is based on perceptions of what other people are doing. I don’t self-reflect that much. I guess as an actor you’re constantly put into situations where you delve into other psychologies. For that reason it becomes easier not to really deal with your own.” He smiles and states; “Which is why I should probably go on holiday more.”
On his love life;
He states that ‘the first way to sustain it is not to talk about it,’ though he considers himself a romantic.
Credit; Gaby Wood at http://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/apr/26/chiwetel-ejiofor-interview