Michael B. Jordan has admitted that he needed to get therapy after playing Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther. In a recent talk with Oprah for the taping of the “SuperSoul Conversations” TV specials, Jordan said he needed to unpack after isolating himself for the role.
“I went to therapy, I started talking to people, starting unpacking a little bit,” Jordan said.
“I spent a lot of time alone,” he said. “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.”
Michael said he went on to isolate himself to prepare for the role to feel the pain and frustration Killmonger was feeling. He says he wanted to represent the “pain and rage” that his character represents “from being black and brown here in America.”
“It was a little tough for me at first. Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out…shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.” He said.
Jordan mentioned how the role took a toll on his mental health and that seeking therapy was necessary. Further adding that therapy is sometimes frowned upon among men, but he needed to talk to someone to help him out.
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