One of the breakout stars of Black Panther was T’Challa’s little sister Shuri, played to tremendous charm and comedic effect by Letitia Wright. Shuri is the smartest person to appear in a Marvel movie but also one of the spunkiest. There’s a good reason to love the actress herself, too.
On the UK talk show This Morning a couple weeks ago, Wright joined co-star Daniel Kaluuya for a talk about the movie. When she was asked about her road back to acting, Wright confessed she had to step away from the industry for a time, but a relationship with Jesus proved to be her way back:
I needed to take a break from acting, because I really idolized it. So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian. It really just gave me so much love and light within myself. I felt secure, like I didn’t need validation from anyone else, or getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on that, it was dependent on my relationship with God.
Wright assured the hosts that things weren’t all crystal clear but affirmed that her faith is a process. “I’m not perfect. As a Christian, you’re not perfect, you know, but you’re walking everyday and trying to stay connected. I’m really grateful.I’m centered in who I am.”
Black Panther is out now. You should go see Wright play Shuri. She’s a delight, and she’s going to be around in the Marvel universe for quite a while.