Although he lost Best Actor to Gary Oldman, Kaluuya still came out winning. “To share that moment with your family and those people that were on the journey . . . that was the most special,” he says.
Kaluuya’s next film was another box-office smash: 2018’s “Black Panther,” in which he played W’Kabi, best friend of the title character (Chadwick Boseman). Being a part of the black artist community in “Black Panther” gave him the inner superpower that he needed at the time.
“It was amazing,” says Kaluuya. “I was filming ‘Black Panther’ when ‘Get Out’ came out, and then everyone really rallied around me and supported me, because my life was changing. A couple of them had been in that situation, so it was great that I could rely on them.”
Now, after Boseman’s “21 Bridges” opened on Friday, Kaluuya is getting his own starrer in “Queen & Slim.” He’s proud to be part of the wave of black actors — from Michael B. Jordan to Lupita Nyong’o — killing it in Hollywood.
“It’s really nice,” says Kaluuya. “But, you know, you have to tip your hat to the people that came before us: the Eddie Murphys, the Denzel Washingtons, the Sidney Poitiers, the Whoopi Goldbergs, the Oprahs, the Samuel L. Jacksons. All the work that we can do now is because of those people and the people that came before us that broke the barriers … I feel a responsibility that I should represent.”