Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor and beautiful human. He developed an interest in theater and acting from a young age, performing with the National Youth Theater in London, before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He dropped out in his first year, however, after being cast in the film Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg.
From there he went on to star in and appear in a diverse array of films, TV shows, and stage productions, including Othello, MacBeth, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, and perhaps most famously, 12 Years a Slave, a performance that earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor. More recently he has appeared in the films The Martian and Triple 9.
In relation to The Martian, he spoke to The Guardian about the migration crisis in Europe in September 2015, stating that “the government doesn’t speak for [him],” and that he didn’t respect the decisions being made by politicians regarding the treatment of incoming refugees.
His film Triple 9, which hasn’t gotten much media attention, is the story of corrupt cops, filmed on location in Atlanta in 2014. It is partly a reflection of the state of affairs regarding police in America. Reflecting on the film’s commentary on police corruption, and simultaneously this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy with the Daily Beast, Ejiofor claimed that #OscarsSoWhite was not simply about an award show, but rather underscored the pressing need for equality within our societies, stating that “the world is a much different place than it was half a century ago,” making the need for a collective self-reflection much more pressing, “and not just at the end of every awards season.” As he noted, America and Europe are only going to continue to become more diverse, making it necessary “to ask questions of your society” and noting that “it’s insane that people try and shoot down [those] who are.”
In the same interview he expressed his desire to see in the future increased representation of diverse actors and his belief that this will become an actualized trend. He will be appearing next as Baron Mordo in the film Dr. Strange later this year, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.