African-Jamaican actress Lashana Rasheda Lynch is ready for Hollywood to get used to seeing her everywhere according to Essence. For British-born Lashana, being the first Black 007 agent in a James Bond film is no mean feat and we all agree!
The James Bond movie No Time to Die may have been paused and the release date pushed back in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but Lashana Lynch is happy for the conversations the movie started by featuring her as a 007 agent.
“…to be in the Bond franchise means I’m making shifts that should have shifted a long time ago. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity, and I’m very grateful for the future.”
-Lashana Lynch to ESSENCE
The actress who has worked very hard over the years does not believe her success and the ultimate feature in the movie is by luck as she has been busy mastering her craft. According to Lashana, “to be in the Bond franchise means I’m making shifts that should have shifted a long time ago. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity, and I’m very grateful for the future.” Lashana Lynch 007
She’s confident in her own skin
The 32-year-old, who has been aware of her ‘blackness’ from a very young age. In fact, she was able to confidently leave a space that didn’t celebrate who she was because of the strong black women, like her mother, who raised her. Now, she is at a point where people are able to celebrate her skin, her hair, and her big backside in peace.
On hard work and her craft
She further said, “when you get an opportunity in life, whether it’s in this industry or not, people believe that you very literally fell from the sky. You haven’t been working hard for 10, 20 years doing it. You haven’t had moments of anxiety and feeling under-appreciated, or not feeling like you’re enough, or having an opportunity that was the top, top thing in your career, only to have it swiped from under your feet. No one sees all that. So it’s important to drum into people’s heads that everything is built with a foundation – and my foundation was strong.” Lashana Lynch 007
Lashana is also thankful for another black woman, in the person of director Melina Matsoukas, who’s helming her next project, Y: The Last Man. Melina convinced her that the short-cropped hair look for the comic-based series was a win. She had to ultimately learn and love this version of herself.
She woke up one day realizing that “no one had introduced me to this me before, and I needed to teach myself about this new version of myself. And when I got into that and learned about who I truly am, it shifted me into a space I hadn’t shifted into before.”
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