Idris Elba Talks Fatherhood: “I Love Being A Dad”
Idris Elba is known for his amazing roles in films like Thor: The Dark World, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Pacific Rim, and Prometheus to name a few. But there is another side to this talented actor that he takes very seriously and that’s fatherhood. The actor has a daughter named Isan and a son named Winston. He took his 14-year-old daughter Isan as his plus one to the Oscars. Check out what he told Cosmopolitan about Isan’s red carpet excitement and why he adores being a father.
On the Oscars…
“I love to take her to things like that, because I want to demystify it for her. It’s nice for her to meet Beedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper and just see that they’re really down to earth. She was like, ‘Oh my god! They called me by my NAME!'”
On spending time with his kids…
“[Isan and I] have never lived together, but we adore each other and we dedicate time to be with each other. More than anything you have to make time to be with your children.
“It’s something I battle a lot because of my career, because as much as it’s nice to be busy and working, ultimately children don’t raise themselves. You’ve got to be there to help them and guide them through it. That’s one thing I try my very best to do.
“I love being a dad, its an important part of my life,” adds Idris, who lost his own father in September 2013 after a battle with lung cancer. The following April, his son was born, named Winston after his dad.
On his dad passing…
“My dad was here one minute and now he’s gone. You realize… that’s it. All of the things you work hard for and stress about, you don’t take them with you. Then, when you see your child for the first time, you’re like… ‘WOW,’ and you realise that it’s a cycle.”
According to Variety, he is promoting his documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me” which is produced by Green Door Pictures and directed by Daniel Vernon. The documentary follows Elba on a journey of “self-exploration” in South Africa during the filming of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which he starred as the political hero. The doc then chronicles the actor’s struggle to produce “Idris Elba presents Mi Mandela,” an album of South African music paying tribute to Mandela, while coping with the sudden death of his father, who was also his role model.