Ahead of Michaela Coel’s debut perfomance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe she’s given us a foretaste of what to expect by gracing Vogue Magazine’s November Issue. That’s right 35-year old Ghanaian-British screenwriter, actor and director, Michaela Coel looks everything lively and lithe in a Gucci made to measure dress on the cover of Vogue.
In this piece named Michaela Coel on Creativity, Romance, and the Path to Wakanda Forever, the actress sat down with Vogue editor Chioma Nnadi and addressed discovering her Ghanaian heritage, navigating the film industry, and playing a Aneka, queer elite lady-warrior in the soon-to-be released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
“I think for a lot of people it was the first time we’d seen some sort of representation on a very mainstream platform about the magic of Africa, the magic of the people, our ancestors,” she says. “Coming here, you do feel something magical.”
She also delved into the real-life events that inspired her BAFTA award-winning I May Destroy You, a limited series about a woman retracing her memory after being the target of a sexual assault.
“I don’t think I really understood how much making a show would make this thing lose its power,” she says. “Now it’s just a scar like these ones.”
You can view Michaela Coel in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in cinemas on November 11 this year.
Read more on Michaela Coel’s in-depth conversation in Vogue US’s November Issue here.
PHOTO CREDIT: MALICK BODIAN
STYLED BY: IB KAMARA