He was the villain we all loved to hate, but Michael B. Jordan’s role as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther was one that had the actor pushing away love and shutting people out.
Jordan recently sat-down with Oprah Winfrey for a Super Soul Sunday conversation and revealed that playing the intense role took him to a dark place. “I spent a lot of time alone,” MBJ told Lady O. “I figured Erik, his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn’t have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn’t exist.”
And when it was all said and done, Michael had to seek professional help. “I think just being in that kind of mind state … it caught up with me,” the actor described. “Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out — I shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.”
Thankfully, he’s not in that place anymore. But, one has to wonder, with talks of a Black Panther 2 and Jordan reprising his Killmonger role once again (although he “died” in the first one), is it in his best interest to take himself to that place again?
Winfrey’s “SuperSoul Conversations” airs Feb. 16 at 8 EST/PST on OWN. Will you be watching?
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