I don’t think this is a spoiler because it’s out there from almost every person who has already seen the movie, but Letitia Wright steals the movie. Every scene she is in, she becomes the focus. Its no wonder that in our interview with Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright, she was also an interview stealer! I loved hearing from both of them about their hair, costumes and training for the movie.
As you can see in the trailers, Letitia and her female costars have a few different hairstyles going on. Letitia gave all credit for hairstyles on set to Nikki Wright. Braids had been settled on by Ryan Coogler and Camille but Letitia had never worn them before. Nikki would, however, ask Letitia what she was wearing, see photos from Ruth (costume designer) and Nikki would take the hair to a different level.
“She would start designing on my head! Then we would go and show Ryan and he would love it.” -Letitia Wright
Letitia would show the hairstyles to Ryan and then Nikki would refine them.
There are of course several fight scenes in the movie and all of the characters had to train hard for them. We had already heard from Lupita and Dania about training as well. However Daniel and Letitia had to do training with weapons as well as hand to hand combat training.
“We did a lot of sword training. I think what was amazing, everyone had to have their own fighting style.”- Daniel Kaluuya
W’Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya, is ruthless and fierce. He’s no holds barred. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is more controlled and intelligent in her fighting style. She thinks it through.
Both Letitia and Daniel talked about the problems social media bring to them. Both have accounts but neither really use them. Letitia explained that after seeing how Daniel had been impersonated for over a year, she gained her accounts just to have control over them. Both however want to do the work and actually connect with the people that are sharing with them. That makes it hard for them to keep up especially right now.
Both Daniel and Letita were open and honest with us about being on set, learning new things about themselves and others. You could never tell by looking at Letitia that she hated to wear dresses. I have seen so many photos of her and she is always stunning in her outfits. The day we interviewed her she had on this beautiful color blocked dress that fit like a glove. At premiere night, she had on a stunning black and blush dress that was stunning.
“She would like bring me into a fitting and fit dresses on me. She would say ‘we’re gonna make your body look like this’ and then everybody would look dope!” -Letitia Wright
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