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During her BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards speech on Sunday, actress Letitia Wright said she summoned a higher power to get through a dark period in her life.

“I identify myself as a child of God and I can’t get up here without thanking God,” Wright began.

The Black Panther actress and star of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, shared that at one point she lost her way and was only filled purpose by remembering that she serves a higher power.

“A few years ago, I saw myself in a deep state of depression, and I literally wanted to quit acting,” she said as she accepted the night’s “Rising Star” award. “The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith, my family, and an email from BAFTA saying they wanted me to be a part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, and I was like, “let me try again.'”

“I want to encourage you that God made you and you’re important,” Wright continued. “There might be some of you that’s going through depression, that’s going through a bad time, and you’re putting on a smile and nobody can see that. But you know it and God knows it, and I just want to encourage you and I just want to say that God loves you and just let your light shine.”

In a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wright detailed the depth of her crippling depression which manifested itself in 2015, even turning down a role with Nicole Kidman to work on her mental health.

To date the actress has had one of the best years of her career, first kicked off by a riveting guest role on the sci-fi Netflix series Black Mirror, and then followed it up with the role of “Shuri” in the record-breaking Marvel film, Black Panther. Near the end of 2018 she gained recognition as the biggest box office star of the year.

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