Her Christian Faith Rescued "Black Panther" Actress from Depression
Letitia Wright was in the depths of dispair dispite success in the entertainment industry.
The 25-year Guyana-born actress is at the top of her game now, having become a breakout star in Marvel's smash hit Black Panther, where she played Princess Shuri, the sister of eponymous lead character. Several years earlier, however, she found herself in a what she called a "very dark place."
Wright had enjoyed some professional success, having acted in a host of TV series in Great Britain, where she grew up. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she says that led her to put enormous pressure on herself, so much so that she even contemplated whether she wanted to go on with life. "You get comfortable with the idea of thinking, maybe it's OK to leave."
But a Bible study in 2015 was the catalyst for a change in her state of mind, and her faith in Christ eventually helped free her from the depression. After that, she was even prepared to put acting to the side, if need be, until she became convinced that was not God's plan for her.
Wright says now the Lord's will factors into all her career decisions and she is careful not to take just any roles, particularly only for the sake of a high profile or big budget.
"Am I right for this part? Is this what I should be playing? If something feels off in my spirit, I know that's God's way of saying, 'You shouldn't do that."
With the Almighty's guidance, her career is blossoming. Her work on Netflix's Black Mirror received an Emmy nomination and she has been contacted about possile parts in franchise spinoff projects like Men in Black and Jump Street. We shall see if anything comes of those, but rest assured, Wright will be back in the Black Panther sequel expected to start shooting next year or early in 2020.