Letitia Wright graces the November 2020 issue of ELLE UK. The young actress is on the cover of the magazine to promote her new BBC series, ‘Small Axe,’ is which is based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community which is set between 1969 and 1982.
Jenny Kennedy, who was the stylist on this shoot, really understood Letitia’s style.
We know that Letitia has a very strong preference for sharp tailoring, but she’s also not adverse to more feminine looks, so I love that in this editorial we see the combination of the two with the British actress wearing Prada, Alexander McQueen, Roksanda, Givenchy and Dior.
The ‘Black Panther’ opened up her interview with Elle UK about many things including her co-star Chadwick Boseman.
On wishing she could have said good-bye to Chadwick Boseman: “I wish I got to say goodbye. I messaged you a couple of times, but I thought you were just busy. I didn’t know you were dealing with so much.” She continues: “It is also written that all things are made new, there is light in the darkness.” It echoes a line she left me with as we said goodbye on that baking-hot day. “I’m happy to be a light in the world. That’s my spirit,” she says. “I can’t be anything else. And if I am, then something’s wrong.”
On her first film with her 316 Productions company, Things I Never Told My Father: “I saw my friend deal with the loss of his uncle, who was basically his father. The way he dealt with it was like Damn, you’re really trying your best to grit your teeth and get through this, but you’re hurting. I want to make things where the subject matter is really important, but [also] giving Black actors – your brothers and sisters – something to work with, like a character, a full human being.”
On auditioning for a role in Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’: “He was like, ‘You just did. I’ve seen your work and I think you’re phenomenal’. He said that was how he worked with all his main actors. Michael Fassbender was the same… They met and they vibed. I remember thinking: He’s an Oscar-winning director. How is he not going to audition me? I tried to act cool about it and be lowkey, but it was so simple. I was thankful that all the years of saying no to certain things and all the years of sticking to my integrity; those projects are [now] speaking to me.”
You can check out even more from her interview here.
Photography: Marcin Kempski
Styling: Jenny Kennedy
Hair: Stefan Bertin
Make-Up: Rebekah Lidstone
Manicure: Simone Cummings