Hollywood star Idris Elba thought acting was ridiculous until his “beautiful” drama teacher gave him the confidence to “think outside the box”.
Elba, 43, said his drama teacher’s beauty gave him the confidence to act, reported Contactmusic.
“You go to a boys’ school you’re 14, drama is a bit like, ‘what?’ But it’s a release, especially for boys … (We had this) beautiful drama teacher who used her influence and beauty to make us think outside the box and go for it.
“I remember how impactful that was. I remember coming out of that class and thinking ‘hell, man’ and being given a slightly different confidence that I then put into other things.”
And Elba has certainly done that – outside of acting, he’s a musician, a DJ and has played voiceover roles but he can’t understand why more people don’t try their hand at different things.
“In this country, being a jack of all trades is kind of frowned upon. That’s fair enough. It’s important to be focused.
“If you’re focused at being a painter then do that, but I think it’s also fair if you want to drive cars as well as be a painter then you should do that… It’s in trying things that you expand and learn. I’m intrigued by people who make things happen and think outside the box.”