London-born actor Daniel Kaluuya has revealed about his acting abilities.
The 29-year-old actor is widely recognised as one of the rising stars of the business, but Daniel has admitted that because he never attended drama school.
He confessed: “I couldn’t afford to go to drama school and because I’m not trained. So i just feel like I should always learn.”
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He’s that guy who went to ‘my’ school. He’s the breddah who grew up near ‘my’ mum’s. He’s also the second British Black man after Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominated for his role in 12 Years a Slave) to ever be nominated for a ‘Best Actor’ Oscar.
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Daniel was inspired to pursue his ambitions by fellow Londoner Ashley Walters, who starred in ‘Bullet Boy’ and ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
Asked who first inspired him to become an actor, he told OK! magazine: “Ashley Walters. He was in a film called ‘Bullet Boy’.
“I know you’ve got to be professional but this is funny, you have to enjoy it with me!
The recognition, he said, is an achievement like a master’s degree: “You’ve given your flippin’ all to something and someone says, ‘Well done.’ Especially coming from where I’m from. This is mental.”
To skirt the anxiety-inducing ordeal of Tuesday morning’s announcement, he had a plan to sleep through the nominations — until he woke up early from nerves and got a call with the good news.
“For working-class people in London, there weren’t any role models really when I was growinig up. So seeing him it was like: ‘Whoah, it’s possible for me.'”
Daniel previously admitted he didn’t have especially grand expectations of himself as a child.
The acclaimed actor explained how the environment he grew up in influenced his thinking.
The ‘Black Panther’ star shared: “The whole of flipping society tells you what you can’t do, and people don’t even realise that – because they’re not of that demographic, so they’re not attuned to stuff.
“But if you’re attuned to them, you hear these things.”
Despite this, Daniel stressed that culture shouldn’t be constricted by rules.