Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba has been working non-stop!  So thankfully, on his one-day off, he took the time to sit and chat with Vulture about his whirlwind life.  While breaking from shooting the thriller No Good Deed and just before jet-setting to Africa to start filming Long Walk to Freedom he gave the interview.  Enjoy the highlights of what Idris had to say:

Why is his home a suitcase:  “No fixed abode, because there’s no point,” Elba says. “I’m a traveling circus for a while.  It feels kind of weird.  Like, if I wanted to go home, there isn’t anywhere to go.  Just a hotel.” All of his things are in storage, save for a suitcase filled with D.J. equipment and a limited wardrobe of road-friendly darks. “I’ve worn this outfit a million times,” he says of the black shirt, gray jeans, and newsboy cap he has on.

How he feels about playing Nelson Mandela:  “It’s one of my biggest opportunities, and I can’t think about preparation or where my head is at.  I just get this sinking feeling as soon as I open my mouth,” he says. “I wish I wasn’t working directly up to it.”

What is his response to roles for black actors:  “Next question,” he says when I raise the subject.  “I’m so bored of answering that…are there differences between black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities?  Yes, there are.  It’s been said.  I’d rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was.  I get these roles because I can act and that’s it.  Hopefully that’s it.  The less I talk about being black, the better.”

Why he admires The Rock: “I love kids and kids like me, so I’d like to do something a bit silly,” he says.  “I admire Dwayne Johnson, the Rock, and his fearlessness in taking roles like that even though he’s known for being a hard man.  That shows versatility.  Plus those movies are a lot of fun, and my daughter likes them.”

How does he feel about being a household name:  “My publicist says a lot of the time people don’t get it.  They’re like, ‘Ee-dris Elba?’ And she’s like, ‘The guy from The Wire.’  I don’t see myself as ­famous. I’m more, ‘What’s his name again?’  And I love that.”

Get your summer fill of one of Hollywood’s next leading men when he co-stars in iconic director Ridley Scott’s long-awaited latest, Prometheus, which releases June 8.

Idris Elba has a mesmerizing effect on his fans, tell us what you think of his fast-paced life!  To read the article in its entirety, click here!

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