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4 Ways Michaela Coel's Interview with The London Times Has Gems For Days

The BAFTA Award-winning actor also gives an update on the return of Chewing Gum.

If you haven't caught on by now, we're obsessed with Ghanaian-British actor and showrunner extraordinaire, Michaela Coel.

In a recent interview with The London Times, Coel speaks candidly about life as a female comic, gives more tea on season three of Chewing GumChewing Gum, as well as her role in the newest season of Black Mirror.

Take a look at four of our favorite takeaways below, and have a full read of the interview here.


On doing the big chop:

"I wanted to be strong as well as vulnerable, I wanted to go against the grain, provide something different for young people to aspire to be."

On why she plans to have a writers room for Chewing Gum's third season:

"Because I don't want to die. My sets are not peaceful. It's a beautiful catastrophe. I am running around like a headless chicken. I don't sleep because I am writing. It's manic. I love it—I don't know if I would want it any other way, but I've learnt from working with proper people like Charlie; they really prepare in advance."

On the pact she made with a group of friends to not be about that 'happily ever after' life:

"We have all made a pact that we will just live in a big house and have girlie nights all the time, and work, and we will invite a man, and we will sample him, and we will bond with him, all of that, but we don't want to do the whole marriage thing. But I do need sex. We do need sex, so we need to find a way to have the sex."

On how her success since Chewing Gum still feels too good to be true:

"I mean, I am grateful. I have 'Whoa!' gratitude. I put my life and soul into writing this story and actually people heard it. People write scripts and nobody ever sees or hears them. And I have never written a script that people haven't seen. I try to give advice to others too, even though I'm still in a sense thinking, 'What's going on?' I think I am quite alienated by the idea of what is going on in my life right now. It's all quite strange, quite surreal."

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It seems like a moment of absolute manifestation. In April 2019, Stephen Ojo aka Papi Ojo found himself watching Beyoncé's Homecoming, like so many of us, dazzled, when he put out a wish into the universe to one day work with her. Just a few months later, he was dancing side-by-side with the global superstar. But, as most artists will tell you, for Ojo, it wasn't an overnight dream come true.

You may know him as the "blue man" from Beyoncé's Black is King, but the part Ojo plays in the film, loosely based on The Lion King, is a steady culmination of his story—a story that's becoming more known with each wave of acclaim the film brings. Now, the 22-year-old is hoping you'll enjoy his music as much as you enjoy his dance moves.

This past week, Ojo put out his latest single, the catchy drum-pulsing "Beremole." It's the fourth song he's released as he's started to get more comfortable with sharing the music he makes. "I've always been making music," he tells OkayAfrica. "But I used to be really insecure about putting it out into the world." Last year, though, he started to get over that, and began releasing tracks, one-by-one.

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