Three Truths and a Lie with Carmen Ejogo!
Carmen Ejogo is new to the Wizarding World franchise, thanks to her role as MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but she’s no newcomer to the acting world. Ejogo’s career started in 1986 with the British musical film Absolute Beginners, and since then, she’s gone on to play countless other roles in huge films like Selma and The Purge: Anarchy.
Still, the Nigerian-British actress isn’t always in the Hollywood spotlight, so you might not know everything about her yet. Want to test your knowledge of Ejogo’s talents? Try to guess which of these facts is actually a fib:
- She is a member of Mensa.
- She’s a musician as well as an actor.
- She’s appearing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- She’s played the same role twice before.
1. True! Ejogo’s IQ is a remarkable 156, which earned her a place in the same genius society as physicist Isaac Asimov and actress Geena Davis.
2. True! In the 2000 musical adaptation of Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Ejogo lent her own vocals to the soundtrack. She also sang in the films Yes I Do and Sparkle and has recorded music with Jordin Sparks!
3. False! Sorry, you won’t be seeing Ejogo in a galaxy far, far away, but you can catch her new film Roman J. Israel, Esq., which stars Denzel Washington and Ejogo’s Fantastic Beasts co-star Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) when it premieres on November 3!
4. True! Ejogo garnered critical acclaim for her role as Coretta Scott King in the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr, biopic Selma, but she’d played King before in Boycott, a 2001 film about the Montgomery bus boycotts. Ejogo even received King’s blessing to play the role after meeting her in 2001.
Did you guess correctly? We absolutely loved Carmen Ejogo in Fantastic Beasts and can’t wait for the long-awaited sequel, which is set to be released on November 16, 2018!