Take 10 with Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright, 55, Brooklyn, NY
Award-winning actor and activist
When COVID-19 hit, you headed to where you live in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to help first-class staff. Tell us.
The owners of both restaurants and I launched an initiative called Brooklyn for Life, which with the help of others raised about $ 1.5 million to provide more than 170,000 meals to hospitals and FDNY EMS stations. Meals were provided by 50 mom-pop restaurants, some of which could have been closed without support.
2. Seeing that we are in the middle of a second wave, what is the plan?
Right now, we mostly support the only community in Fort Green. We provide food for families and the elderly in public housing, but we pay attention to the larger situation if we need to start again.
3. How has activism informed your art?
I’ve become aware of our privilege as actors to tell people’s stories and in some cases help them tell their own.
4. Not just HBO miniseries
Angels in America, what is the most fulfilling project you’ve ever done?
-Performing reading of We haven’t done it yet, which I later produced as a documentary for HBO, was one of the strongest nights ever in the theater. It is about a group of military veterans who use creative writing to process personal trauma in their time. They brought me to direct medications to help facilitate healing in the theatrical presentation of poems written about their experiences. I continue to be in contact with many of these veterinarians today.
From 5. mental health from the point of view, what was the biggest take for you?
The universality of trauma and PTSD. You realize that certain social outcomes have historically gone unmanaged and unresolved due to injuries suffered by individuals and groups. If we look at our country as a whole, we can see that passing through it is a deep line of unresolved trauma. [social justice] issues are bubbling today.
6. What makes you feel alive the most?
Surfing has changed my life and somehow saved me. When I was filming I got into that about 6 years ago Westworld LAn. Like my philanthropic work, it’s been a way for me to navigate anxiety and uncertainty during the pandemic. The cleanest thing I’ve ever done, on a molecular level.
7. How do you stay fit when you can’t reach the ocean?
Cycling. It allows me to raise my adrenaline without putting too much pressure on old wounds.
8. What was it like shooting in the middle of a pandemic?
We’ve been shooting pretty closed bubbles Batman here. I try it on at least two or three times a week and everyone in the set is fully disguised. And we wash our hands until they are mixed. We do what we need to do to keep the ball on the field.
9. What is your happy place?
I spend time in nature with my kids. That is peace for me.
. In what movies can we see you when we can safely return to cinemas?
Batman, Which I am filming in the UK. As the kids say it will be pretty truffle. We are having a great time. There’s a dynamic script and we’re doing interesting things. Also, the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, French shipment, and a new movie called Netflix The monster. As usual, there is a lot to look forward to.
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