Angela Bassett is an Academy Award-winning actress whose impressive career has included films such as What’s Love Got To Do With, Waiting To Exhale and Akeelah and the Bee. When she appeared in Black Panther, it was obvious that director Ryan Coogler had made the perfect casting choice. Bassett brought a regal presence and powerful charisma to the role of Queen Ramonda. And she complemented Chadwick Boseman perfectly in their scenes together. But unlike the first film, Bassett told Variety that Coogler was asking so much of the actress because her character had a more important role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Bassett got a little worried.
“Almost to the point where I would get a complex, ‘Will I be able to deliver what you’re asking for?'” she told Variety. “She had to be strong. She had to be a mother. She had to be a leader. He just threw it all at me. And then he was like, ‘Can you swim? Can you put your head in the water?’ ?'”
It sounds like “Wakanda Forever” was one of Bassett’s most challenging roles. However, based on the early buzz surrounding the actor’s performance in Wakanda Forever, she shook off any self-doubt and more than delivered. In the Variety piece, she went on to explain that she used the genuine grief at the loss of Boseman for some of the film’s most emotional moments. And she also worked with a dialect coach to better manage her character’s accent in crucial scenes.