Letitia Wright

‘Black Panther’ Star Letitia Wright's Dedication to Fitness and Mental Health


Aug. 28 2023, Published 9:50 p.m. ET

Letitia Wright is among Hollywood’s fast-rising stars and fans’ most beloved. Letitia has appeared in several films but got her big break after landing a major role as Shuri in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Panther. The 2018 film was one of the highest-grossing films of that year and had a significant impact on Black culture and the film industry at large.

However, it’s not just Letitia’s outstanding performance that people were amazed by. Fans can’t also seem to get over her stunning physique. So, is fitness woven into the fabric of her everyday life? Read on to find out.

Letitia Wright’s Training for ‘Black Panther’

For starters, Letitia has almost always been in good shape, as evident in her past works like Black Mirror, Humans, and Urban Hymn. For her role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, she actually put in the work — this involved dedication to a healthy diet and personalized training with Finer Fitness, a personal training company.

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While the actor understands the importance of eating well in her fitness journey, there are other factors to consider, like her strict workout routine. In a video posted by her personal trainer, he broke down Letitia’s routine.

"Our sessions consisted of squats, walking lunges, hip thrusts, deadlifts for strength,” he explained. “And to keep her fighting ready we did incorporated pad sessions where we worked on various kicks, punches and combination.”

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Letitia’s Mental Health

Letitia Wright has been open about her dark experiences and struggles with pain and depression. The most recent event that significantly impacted her was the death of her co-star Chadwick Boseman—he played the Black Panther and Letitia’s fictional brother. Their relationship transcended beyond the screen, and Chadwick was close to her like a real brother (he hand-picked Letitia for the role).

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The actor has often talked about her battle with depression in the past, to the point that she was contemplating giving up acting. At the BAFTA Awards, the actor acknowledged her family, belief, and faith for pulling her out of it.

“There might be some of you here that's going through depression, that's going through a bad time, and you're putting on a smile on your face and nobody can see that," she said during her speech. "But you know it and God knows it, and I just want to encourage you and I just want to say that God loves you and just let your light shine."

Those who know Letitia know about her strong Christian convictions. She says that it gave her the “foundation” she needed and put what was important to her in perspective.

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Letitia: Balancing Her Career and Healthy Living

Beyond her strong and intelligent character in the Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, Letitia embodies all that in real life, maintaining a stunning physique and healthy lifestyle. The accomplished actor is heavy on mental wellness and is grounded in faith to help her balance her career and mental health.

Letitia has also had candid conversations on mental health, including its representation in a film she stars in, The Silent Twins. She continues to inspire the next generation of superheroes and fans alike with her incredible performances.

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