Angela Bassett Remembers Chadwick Boseman, Plus: How She’s Giving Back During the Pandemic
Three months after his death, Angela Basset is remembering her “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman.
“Extra's” Rachel Lindsay spoke to Angela about a 9-year-old she was babysitting who said he was going to be Black Panther for Halloween in honor of Chadwick. Angela responded, “That touches my heart to hear that young man said… that he wanted to honor Chadwick, and that just speaks to the individual he was and to the spirit of the man.”
She went on, “That he could touch young [people], and he, he did things so quietly, so unassuming. But when it came to work, he showed out, he was prepared. He was there in the moment… he brought it, he always did. And something that he said… 'Take your time, but don't waste your time,' which I think is a beautiful sentiment. We're all in such a hurry, running — we want it quick. But don't be afraid to take your time… He had an easy laugh, you know, beautiful smile, caring, the friendships that he had over the years, he maintained. He had time for you. And he made you feel special.”
During the pandemic, Angela has been spending time at home with her family, joking that husband Courtney B. Vance is in charge of homeschooling their 14-year-old twins. She commented, “I'm not doing any [heavy lifting] at all.”
“By default, I suppose it's Dad,” Bassett smiled, adding, “At least he pulls articles off the Internet for them to read to keep up with what's going on in the world. He has it a little more together. I just look at their calendar on the fridge: 'What day is today?' But they are handling it. And I am so pleased that I'm not the teacher.”
Bassett is helping give back with the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Reel Stories, Real Lives virtual gala tonight. She dished, “Hugh Jackman will be the host, we — myself Jason Bateman, and Danai Gurira from 'Black Panther' — we will bring to the audience different stories of some of our members.”
“I got to meet, via Zoom, Toni Vaz, who in the '50s and '60s fell into stunt work… She is the creator of the Image Awards for our community of African-American performers and actors… She was a feisty, feisty sister. It was great. So I was very pleased and honored to be able to share her story,” Angela said proudly.
The Reel Stories, Real Lives gala airs October 27 at 6:30 p.m. PT on MPTF's YouTube or Facebook page.