EBONY caught up with Solo: A Star Wars Story co-stars Thandie Newton (Val) and Woody Harrelson (Beckett) after the film’s premiere, at which the Westworld star made a comparison between Donald Glover and the late Tupac Shakur.
The award-winning actress starred with Shakur in the 1995 film Gridlock’d; now, she is acting alongside Glover in the latest Star Wars movie and offered insight into how the multitalented entertainers are alike. After learning that both men went to performing arts high schools, Newton said, “That’s interesting,” considering they both spent time as actors and rappers. She went on to reveal, “Donald has what Tupac had without the self-harming element.” Newton recalled Shakur carrying around anger and generational trauma because of what his mother, Afeni Shakur, a jailed member of the Black Panthers, went through.
Hear what qualities the artists share in the video above. Also be sure to check out Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens in theaters May 25.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.