Letitia Wright Reflects on Losing Chadwick Boseman in ‘Black Panther’ Costar

Loss is something everyone experiences at some point, and its lasting impact on everyone is different.

In an interview with guardLetitia Wright on the subject of Chadwick Boseman, she Black Panther co-star and on-screen brother, passed away in 2020.

Chadwick considers Letitia as a sister given by God

The Guyana-born actress began by reflecting on the bond she and Chadwick shared. Notably, Letitia spoke of Chadwick seeing her as the little sister he never had.

“He doesn’t have a sister, but he always says that if he does have a sister it has to be me because I just connect with him and that’s the way God wants it to be.”

She will certainly also praise Chadwick for being “a man of faith [who was] while respecting everyone’s religion” before acknowledging the fateful day the actor ascended to heaven.

Letitia recalls the day Chadwick died

The world was shocked when Boseman passed away in August 2020, and Wright recounted how she learned of the death of her dear friend.

“I am at home in my flat in east London. I was alone. I just woke up and saw an email that said ‘My condolences’, and I was like, ‘What’s my condolences for?’ Then I clicked out of that email and only saw Chadwick Boseman, Chadwick Boseman, Chadwick Boseman. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ I clicked one and it was the PR team saying, ‘Do you want to write a statement?’ Statement? What’s happening?”

She continued, noting that she immediately contacted her colleague Black Panther co-star Daniel Kaluuya to confirm the incident.

“I was like, ‘Dude, what’s going on?’ And he was silent. And I said, ‘Dude, you have five seconds to tell me this isn’t right? This is terrible. What’s happening?’ And there was a 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 left Letitia deeply “angry”, who noted that “Kaluuya’s silence spoke too loudly”.

How Death Affects Letitia: “I’m Scared Of Losing People”

Wright went on to speak about the aftermath of Boseman’s death. Specifically, she revealed that it makes her prioritize giving her love to her loved ones while she still can, as she’s “so scared of losing everyone right now.”

“You don’t know until something happens how it will affect you. You think you have the 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. The number of times I texted my actors to tell them I love them, especially Danai [Gurira]. I always text Ryan [Coogler] that I loved him and asked him how he was. I will not delay that any longer because tomorrow is not promised. Ever since Chad died, I’ve been afraid of losing people.”

have to film Black Panther: Wakanda forever so soon after his death, Chadwick also suffered the consequences and presented his own problems, although Letitia noted that therapy helped.

“I was devastated, as you can imagine. I had to deal with it through therapy. It’s not like I had a two-year break to process it and then come back to the movie. We had to start six months after Chad died.”

She added that grief is a palpable power of being above black panther 2 the set. Despite the cast’s support for each other, Letitia is heartbroken, saying, “Grief is always on my doorstep every day while I’m filming.”

“Really hard. We’ve had our ups and downs where you can tell people are grieving. We were able to be together on set and were sensitive to the days when we didn’t feel comfortable on set because you were missing someone; you are missing your brother. Grief is always on my doorstep every day while I’m filming.”

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