Letitia Wright is a British actress who was born in Guyana on October 31, 1993. Letitia lived in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, for the first seven years of her life. She plays Shuri, the brilliant engineer and younger sister of Black Panther, and someone who is the smartest person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wright has also been featured in Black Mirror, Doctor Who and Ready Player One.
Letitia’s zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Wright is a faithful Christian and is proud to speak openly about her faith.
She became a Christian while in her late teens and studying to become an actor. She was invited to a Bible study class for actors, and soon found her growing belief in Christanity as a means to overcome her depression.
“I needed to take a break from acting, because I really idolised it,” Letitia explained one time. “So I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover my relationship with God, and I became a Christian. It really just gave me so much love and light within myself. I felt secure, like I didn’t need validation from anyone else, or getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on that, it was dependent on my relationship with God.” (1)
“Everybody has their thing that they’re truthful about. My thing is just a love of God . . . so that’s what I’m going to do,” Wright said on another occasion. When Letitia was asked what she does before filming a scene, she steadfastdly answered, “I pray.” (2)
Do you mind if I praise God?
Just want to give thanks to God for all of the blessings and all he has done for the @theblackpanther cast & crew! It belongs to you all now! Enjoy enjoy enjoy 💕 #WakandaForever pic.twitter.com/xLkjzvKBZ3
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) February 16, 2018
Wright is also very candid about her own mental health trouble. When she was 20, she battled through a deep depression. Her religious epiphany combined
“I speak boldly about [depression] because I struggled with it and I tried to find different ways [to heal], and it just didn’t work. I had to look deeper to find what could hold me, and I found that what held me together was my relationship with Jesus and my relationship with God.”
She also wants to erase the stigma that comes with talking about mental health issues. “In the black community, it’s something that happens, but we don’t speak about it. We have to continue to talk about it and bring it straight to the forefront. And [that doesn’t only apply to] the black community but different races as well.” (3)
As a new role model for youth, young women and black people, Letitia wants to help advance the recent #MeToo movement that’s fighting for more respect for women in all aspects of our society.
“I’m really proud of the Time’s Up movement, and I hope it continues and it grows stronger and that it can really be established,” Letitia said to the press during the Black Panther press tour. “I hope that 100 years down the line we still have a movement that’s strong enough to defend people that may need it.
Her middle name is Michelle.
Letitia decided to become an actor when she watched the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee and was inspired by the lead actress, Keke Palmer.
She is also a pretty decent freestyle rapper. On the set of Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o captured this video showing Letitia rapping. She jokingly calls herself MC Baby Underbite.
Part 2 / The birth of MC Baby Underbite. @LetitiaWright featuring @Winston_Duke, @ImAngelaBassett & @DanaiGurira. Name inspired by this dope costume by @IAmRuthECarter. #BlackPanther #BTS pic.twitter.com/k1BbdqCUhi
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 23, 2018
2: Vanity Fair
3: Teen Vogue