Whether he’s playing detective John Luther, DJing under his stage name Big Driis, or sitting front row at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding, one thing is for sure: Idris Elba is the coolest. The English actor is preparing to reprise his role in Luther for the fifth time and sat down with The Sunday Times to speak about his career, including his thoughts on the #MeToo movement. FYI, he’s got nothing to hide.
Though Elba remains guarded throughout his interview with The Sunday Times, careful to not share too much about his personal life and risk having anything misconstrued as he did years ago when speaking about his romantic relationships (Elba feels he was incorrectly represented during a 2013 interview with GQ), a topic he doesn’t hesitate to comment on is the #MeToo movement.
When asked about how it feels to be a man in Hollywood in the #MeToo era, Elba doesn’t blink. “It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide.”
Since the rise of the #MeToo movement, there’s been a backlash of men saying they fear a witch hunt. Henry Cavill made a handful of facepalm remarks, which he apologized for, but that didn’t change the fact that many men, and some women, still don’t get it. Elba gets it.
Elba refers to another interview he had done earlier in the day, when a reporter asked him if he had any feminine qualities, like sewing or reading. “I said, ‘Well, that’s not necessarily feminine, is it?’ It’s associated with being a woman, sewing and reading? Because when I grew up, my mum taught me how to cook and iron. I don’t consider that feminine or masculine.”
While Elba continues to refrain from commenting on the seemingly never-ending push to have him play James Bond (we would buy our tickets in a second), he does share some of his plans for the future. He wants to make a rap album and a unisex fashion line. “Because my biggest fans are female.”
Idris Elba isn’t just the Sexiest Man Alive we want, he’s also the one we need.