Actress Says Set of 'Black Panther' Was 'Almost Like Church' Because of Powerful Testimonies That Were Shared

| JAN 24, 2018 | 6:47 PM

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The upcoming Marvel film “Black Panther” features big Hollywood names, but actress Sope Aluko explained it was easy to work alongside them because of the down-to-earth nature of the set.

According to her IMDB page, she received her undergraduate degree in engineering and holds a master's in marketing. She told OkayAfrica she took acting classes on the side while she “studied the industry from the back-end” so she'd have a Plan B.

“I was committed, which goes a long way when things don't always go according to plan. I think knowing the business is important — study who the players are and how it all works,” she advised other actors. “Within the creative space, it's a marathon, not a race. Learn from the mistakes of others and don't expect too much too soon. Treat the business with respect.”

Her commitment paid off, and after interviewing for a variety of parts, she landed the role of Shaman in a film that Deadline reported has been dubbed the “best-selling” Marvel film with regard to presales.

While her IMDB page is filled with credits from a wide range of shows and films, during an interview, OkayAfrica asked what it was like working with actors such as Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker, and Michael B. Jordan.

Aluko said it felt “very familiar and like home” and the down-to-earth nature didn't make her feel like she was surrounded by stars.

“During breaks, we shared our testimony of how we got to where [we] did and most of the people were testifying to God's miracles,” she revealed. “It was almost like church.”

Similar to other films, she explained there were early call times, but the “long set hours” didn't leave her fatigued “because it was such a good time.”

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