15 Things You Need to Know About Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor is talented, gorgeous and getting a lot of buzz. Before you run out to watch “12 Years A Slave”, take a minute to get to know Hollywood’s new favorite actor a little bit better.
Just look at that smile.
He Looks Even Better With a Beard
That is, if you’ve got a thing for beards.
You’ve Been Pronouncing His Name Wrong
It’s Chew-it-ell Edge-ee-oh-for. Say it three times slowly and you’ll get the hang of it.
Still Having Trouble?
You can call him Chewy for short, all of his friends do.
He’s really good at his American accent, but Chiwetel was born in London’s Forest Gate. His parents hail from Nigeria.
His Scar Is Kind of a Sad Story
Back in 1988, When Ejiofor was 11, he was in a car crash on his way to a family wedding in Nigeria. Chiwetel survived, but his father was killed.
He’s Only 36
For some reason, he looks a lot older. But that has more to do with his serious dramatic acting chops than his actual age.
He’s Not Serious All the Time
Chiwetel’s not afraid to branch out. He once played a singing Soho drag queen named Lola in a 2005 movie called “Kinky Boots”.
He’s Getting Ready to Blowup in a Big Way
There’s a lot of Academy buzz surrounding “12 Years a Slave”. Whether or not he gets the award, his stellar performance is going to launch him into superstar status.
It’s About Time
Chiwetel spent a long time playing supporting roles. Trying to remember where you recognize him from? He had roles in “American Gangster”, “Inside Man”, “Children of Men” and even “Serenity”. But “12 Years A Slave” is his biggest role yet.
He’s Branching Out Into Directing
He’s already written and directed one short film: “Slapper.” And the industry is eagerly awaiting his next feature project.
He Likes Confident Women
“Knowing yourself, taking care of yourself and liking yourself is s*xy,” he says. “It takes work to really feel at peace with yourself, but when you do, you shine more.”
We Have No Idea Who He’s Dating
Chiwetel is notoriously private. He’s gone on the record to say that he’s a romantic. But he refuses to say if he’s dating someone or who it is.
He Can Sing
In fact, he was a in a band called Blind in the early 90s. He sang backup and even performedat The Rock Garden in London’s Covent Garden.