Kofi Siriboe Reveals How His West African Parents Reacted To His Acting Career

"They break all clichés," the Queen Sugar star said. Check out the full interview here.

ESSENCE.COM Nov, 30, 2016
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[BLANK_AUDIO] And your parents were from Ghana? Yeah, Ghana West Africa. And so we know we often talk here in the office about whenever your parent, your first generations that you're supposed to be a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant. Right, right which is true. What was it like when you came to your parents to say, I wanna be an actor. I didn't have like that Peter Parker moment. [LAUGH] I'm ready for the, you know It was very gradual, we did TV, and we did print work and modeling stuff, when we were younger. There was three of us, three little chocolate babies, my mom running around. So it progressed to like commercials, and then as I got older progressed to TV and film, and it was more of a decision around 17, 18. So I would say like the last four years of my life has been very, very adamantly like In that trajectory but they support completely. When I say support, they break all cliches, like they support it. You know, just realistically, my pops still has that one foot in the door, we're slaying you know Make sure that education's on point. Make sure you know how to talk. Make sure everything's on point, because you can't get lost in the hype. But that never really stopped him from still supporting and backing even though he was a little apprehensive. And how do you stay grounded with all of this going on around you. My family. I think that's really the key factors. Just remembering where I came from, remembering why I'm in this industry. Or why I do what I do. Which is just to connect. It's like talking to you right now. I don't know you. I've never met you but I get to sit here, look in your eyes, talk to you. And actually vibe on a level that I wouldn't be able to do it from my bedroom in LA if I didn't do Queen Sugar. So this whole thing is just about connecting and as long as I remember that, there's really no place to go that I can't get high up there. You know what I mean? I'm grounded. I'm here just to connect. So that's what we're gonna do, you know? [BLANK_AUDIO]