While taping Oprah Winfrey’s “SuperSoul Conversations,” Michael B. Jordan admitted to going to therapy after playing Killmonger in last year’s hit movie, “Black Panther”. He said that he had to go to a dark place to play the character.
He told Winfrey that “Of course it’s an extreme, exaggerated version of the African diaspora from the African-American perspective, so to be able to take that kind of pain and rage and all those emotions that Erik kind of represents from being black and brown here in America … that was something I didn’t take lightly.”
Part of his process was to cut his self off from people who he loved and who loved him. He spent a lot of time alone. “I figured Erik, his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn’t have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn’t exist,” he told Winfrey.
He also admitted that he went to that dark place, but “I didn’t have an escape plan, either.” Despite the criticism men face about dealing with mental health, he began seeing a therapist. He said that it helped him out a lot. “Your mind is so powerful. Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before,” Jordan said. “Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man, you get a lot of slack for it. … I don’t really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk.”
WOW! Go Michael! “SuperSoul Conversations” airs Feb. 16 at 8 EST/PST on OWN.
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