Your MCM Could Never: Idris Elba Gets Candid as the New ‘Essence’ Cover Star

Idris Elba has been making women all over the world salivate ever since we peeped game of his existence. The British actor knows a thing or two about effortlessly wowing onlookers in front of the camera, but is now pulling double duty as he gears up for his directorial debut in Yardie. Elba sat down to talk with Essence as the popular mag’s new August 2017 cover star.

There, the 44-year-old fine like wine British import of Sierra Leone-Ghanian descent, got very candid, particularly when it came to his views on love.

On his directorial debut Yardie:

Yardie is quite a semi-famous bit of English literature about a small-time pastor who comes from Jamaica and ends up embroiled in [avenging his brother’s death]. It’s set in the late seventies, early eighties, a hotbed of Jamaican culture in London, but then crack cocaine arrives.”

On how the film parallels his own life and experiences:

“He’s a fish out of water and finds himself becoming a gangster really quickly. It’s not really his life. For me, I’m making that story because A, it’s a part of the reason I became a man. I was born in 1972, and that’s just my era. And B, there’s a big, big music component. I love music and I love film. This is my chance to marry the two.”

On if a second marriage is in his future:

“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so. Yeah, I don’t think so. Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”

On life as a father of two:

“Because I’m 44 years old with a two-and-a-half-year-old boy, I’m rolling around playing and then I’m at a Drake concert with my teenage daughter. Having a young child now keeps me young, without a doubt…”

Elba is going to star in a whopping six projects this year alone – including the anticipated superhero flick Thor: Ragnarok and the fifth installment of the BBC series Luther.

The August 2017 issue of Essence hits newsstands this Friday (July 14).

Photo Credit: Essence

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