daniel hetherington

“ I’m dark-skinned, bro. When I’m around black people I’m made to feel “other” because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going “You’re too black.” Then I come to America and they say, “You’re not black enough.” I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro! “

Daniel Kaluuya by Jason Hetherington for Interview Magazine

“ I was doing Skins and we went to Lithuania. I was moving through this packed shopping center, and people were parting. I looked back and I felt like Moses! There was a fucking line, a parting line of white people, for me. It literally felt like some supernatural, fucked-up shit. Now that’s super extreme. But we live this. If you live in the Western world, it’s not hard. ”

Daniel on his personal experience of racism in Interview Magazine (photography by Jason Hetherington)

“ In order to prove that I can play this role, I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black. I kind of resent that mentality. I’m just an individual. Just because you’re black, you’re taken and used to represent something. I resent that I have to prove that I’m black. I don’t know what that is. I’m still processing it. ”

Daniel Kaluuya by Jason Hetherington for Interview Magazine

“ Sometimes I hear at an audition that they’re trying to go ‘ethnic.’ You’re getting singled out for the color of your skin, but not the content of your spirit, and that’s everywhere. That’s my whole life, being seen as “other.” Not fitting in in Uganda, not Britain, not America. They just highlight whatever feature they want. “

Daniel Kaluuya by Jason Hetherington for Interview Magazine