Idris Elba Has No Regrets Going Through Life’s ‘Hardest', 'Toughest' Journey: ‘I’m So Fortunate’
Idris Elba recently opened up about his life’s journey to success. Despite it not being an easy path, he has no regrets about going through it.
The 49-year-old actor shared his thoughts and sentiments to People in its latest issue. He stated that he feels “fortunate to have the life” he has now.
Elba noted, though, that it has been “the hardest and toughest journey” for him. He added that, back then, he would have wanted instant success, wishing to get where he is right now much “quicker,” and “without having to go through some of the trauma.”
But, the “Luther” star argued that despite the long and challenging journey, he has no regrets about experiencing it. He noted that if he had instant success, “it would not be the same.”
The magazine quoted Idris Elba, explaining, “I don’t think at this junction I would appreciate the way I am now having not gone through that journey. I really do think that all the things that I have I would have wished for as a young man, it would not be the same if I got it [back then].”
The “Beast” actor’s sentiments come ahead of the U.S. premiere of his new film, “Three Thousand Years of Longing.” He plays the role of Djinn, a genie whom Tilda Swinton’s character, Alithea Binnie, encounters after buying a bottle at a Turkish market.
Idris Elba reportedly began his acting career in his early 20s during the '90s. It was only in the early 2000s, though, that he had his big break after landing a starring role on HBO’s “The Wire.”
Years before stardom, the English actor previously revealed to Playboy that “it was a wickedly tough time” for him. He even talked about experiencing homelessness for months.
USA Today quoted Elba, sharing, “I lived in a van for about three months. I had had three or four years of unemployment, not getting acting jobs.”
In the same interview, the “Thor” actor also recalled that his then-wife was pregnant when he got the role in “The Wire.” He added that if he did not get it, he “was going to leave the United States.”
To date, Idris Elba has already had tens of titles under his name. In the summer alone, he has released three materials: “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” “Beast,” and “Thor: Love & Thunder.”
Aside from his acting career, the “Office” alum has also made a name for himself in the music scene. Us Weekly recalled that he previously performed at Coachella and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding.