Loss is something that everyone experiences at one time or another, and the after effects come in different ways for everyone.
In an interview with The GuardianLetitia Wright spoke about Chadwick Boseman, herself Black Panther costar and on-screen brother, passed away in 2020.
I know Chadwick is smiling at Letitia for carrying the torch beautifully and all the hard work that went into this movie 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/3ULmYi8QQ1
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Chadwick saw Letitia as a God-given sister
The Guyanese-born actor began by reflecting on the relationship he and Chadwick shared. In particular, Letitia talked about how Chadwick sees her as the sister she never had.
He doesn’t have any sisters, but he always said that he would have been with me because I just agreed with him and that’s the way God wanted.
He was sure to give Chadwick another shout out for being a “man of faith.” [who was] who respect everyone’s religion at the same time” before admitting the bad day the actor got on.
Letitia Remembers The Day Chadwick Died
The world was shocked when Boseman died in August 2020, and Wright explained how he learned of his beloved friend’s death.
“I was at home in my apartment in east London. I was alone. I just woke up and saw an email that said ‘My complaints,’ and I was like, ‘What’s my comfort?’ Then I clicked on the email and all I saw was Chadwick Boseman, Chadwick Boseman, Chadwick Boseman. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I clicked one, and it was the PR team saying, ‘Do you want to write a statement?’ Comment? What’s going on?”
He continued, realizing that he had immediately reached his friend Black Panther costar Daniel Kaluuya to confirm the matter.
“I was like, ‘Bro, what’s going on?’ And he was silent. And I was like, ‘Bro you got five seconds to tell me this is not true? This is bad. What’s going on?’ And there was dead silence, and I was like, ‘I think this is true, but I’m just asking you to tell me it’s not.’ And he didn’t.”
The loss “infuriated” Letitia, who said that Kaluuya was “talking too loudly”.
How Death Affected Letitia: “I’m So Afraid of Losing People”
Wright continued to speak after Boseman’s death. Specifically, he revealed that it made him prioritize loving his loved ones when he can, because he is “scared of losing people” now.
“You never know until something happens how it will affect you. You think you have time, and that’s what I’ve learned. These things make you realize how important it is to reach out to the people you love. I often text my members to tell them I love them, especially Danai [Gurira]. I text Ryan all the time [Coogler] that I love him and ask him how he is. I will not delay that any longer because tomorrow is not promised. Since Chad died, I’m really afraid of losing people.”
Having a movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soon after losing Chadwick she also faced her own problems, although Letitia felt that the therapy had helped.
“I was devastated, as you can imagine. I had to fix it through medication. It’s not like I had a break for two years to change and get back into the film. We were supposed to start six months after Chad died.”
He added that grief was a palpable force when he was on Black Panther 2 set. Although the actors helped each other, Letitia lamented, “Every day I was sad at my door when I was filming.
“It was difficult. We had ups and downs where you could tell people were feeling sad. We were able to be there for each other during the planning and be involved in the days when we didn’t feel good about being on site because you needed someone; you miss your brother. Sadness was at my door every day when I was painting.”
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