‘I’m not defined by it’ – Actor Daniel Kaluuya says he is tired talking about race

Novieku Babatunde Adeola January 29, 2020
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British actor, Daniel Kaluuya, has stated he is bored of talking about issues relating to his race.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the actor explained that race has never defined his work or how he relates to it.

'I’m not defined by it' - Actor Daniel Kaluuya says he is tired talking about race
Photo: Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya in “Queen & Slim”

“I’m not going to ignore that I’m surrounded by [racial issues], but I’m not defined by it,” the 30-year-old said.

“I’m just Daniel, who happens to be black.”

Kaluuya, who rose to fame after starring roles in award-winning films such as Get Out and Black Panther, went on to say that he doesn’t want to be pushed to become a spokesperson for black actors.

Kaluuya has been on the rise since he made his screen debut with Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated film, Get Out. Since then, he has featured in a string of exciting roles including Black Panther, Widows and Queen & Slim

“What is there to talk about race?” he told the Guardian.

“It’s just boring to me. What’s the debate? I’m more of a doer. I’m just going to do what I want to do.”

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According to Independent, he doesn’t want to become “the race guy” before pointing to his previous film and TV roles that had nothing to do with race or racial tension.

The Fades ain’t about race, Psychoville ain’t about race, Skins ain’t about race, Chatroom ain’t about race, Johnny English Reborn ain’t about race. But that almost gets erased. There’s a narrative that is pushed,” he added.

It’s a subject Kaluuya has addressed previously. In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, the actor explained that he finds it irritating how, as a successful black actor, he is expected to represent his entire race.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: January 29, 2020


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