Letitia Wright has discussed 'creating spaces' in the film industry in a new interview.
Starring in ELLE UK's November issue, the Black Panther star, 26, declared 'we have to be that solid foundation for each other' as she posed in an accompanying cover shoot.
On there not being enough space carved out for black women historically to succeed, the actress, who is set to depict the hardships of London's West Indian community for Steve McQueen's new series Small Axe, admitted: 'It's sad and it hurts.'
'We have to be a solid foundation for each other': Letitia Wright has discussed 'creating spaces' in the film industry in a new interview for ELLE UK's November issue
The screen star, who has played major roles in Black Mirror and Avengers: Endgame, went on to share how she stays motivated and lives by a powerful quote by actor Will Smith.
Letitia said: 'But, the funny thing is, if you actually step aside from that mentality and go, no, there's space for all of us [to succeed], we just have to keep building a wall.
'The bricks at the bottom have to be laid first before the bricks on the second row can be laid. So, if you say, OK, you lay your brick there, and I'll lay my brick in the next two months.
'Let me make sure that your brick that's laid is good and solid and paid well... Then, soon, you have a wall. Yes, I stole that from Will Smith.
Strong message: The Black Panther star, 26, declared 'we have to be that solid foundation for each other' as she posed in an accompanying cover shoot for the magazine
'Let me make sure that your brick that's laid is good': The screen star shared how she stays motivated and lives by a powerful quote by actor Will Smith
'I've listened to that since I was 16, but he has a point: we have to be bricks, we have to be that solid foundation for each other or else what's the point?'
The media personality rose to worldwide prominence as Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, scooping coveted prizes at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the British Academy Film Awards last year.
On being recognised by members of the public, the TV and film star shared: 'As soon as you go to Sainsbury's, you could even be wearing a hat but they're like, 'Yo, I swear that's my girl from Black Panther!'
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