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Prominent Actress Steps Away from Hollywood Norms, Issues Powerful Statement About God

It’d be hard to blame anyone for viewing the vast majority of Hollywood as a satanic cult.

I mean, one of their most highly-regarded actors, Christian Bale, literally thanked Satan for winning a Golden Globes award.

It’s for garbage like that that we should always celebrate the actors and actresses willing to break from the norm in Hollywood, which as a whole seems all too eager to move further and further away from religion.

Hollywood star Chris Pratt is certainly one of those people. He’s deservedly received quite a bit of praise for his willingness to speak out about his powerful relationship with God and Jesus. It’s certainly a far cry from Bale.

But Pratt, who portrayed Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” isn’t the only Marvel superhero who seems proud of his faith. You can add “Black Panther” actress Letitia Wright to that list.

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Wright, who portrayed Shuri in “Black Panther,” accepted the British Academy of Film and Television Arts “Rising Star” award on Sunday, according to Fox News.

But instead of mumbling some empty and rehearsed acceptance words, Wright gave an impassioned speech touting her relationship with God and how it saved not just her career, but her life.

“I identify myself as a child of God, and I can’t get up here without thanking God,” Wright said.

Wright then opened up about her battles with depression, and how her faith helped spring her from that despair.

“A few years ago, I saw myself in a deep state of depression, and I literally wanted to quit acting,” she said. “The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith, my family, and an email from BAFTA saying they wanted me to be a part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, and I was like, ‘let me try again.'”

Wright also made it clear that the struggle wasn’t over and that she still had work to do.

“So this wasn’t an overnight thing. This wasn’t a click-of-a-finger success, and it’s still a work in progress. I’m still a work in progress.”

After thanking God, her family and those around her who helped her succeed (in that order), Wright continued to tout the importance of the influence her faith had on her and what it could do for others.

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“I just want to encourage you, anybody that’s going through a hard time, or something in their soul, that they’ve lost their light,” Wright added. “I want to encourage you that God made you, and you’re important.”

Wright touched upon her own struggles with depression and empathized with others going through the same.

She made it clear that God could help those navigating depression.

“There might be some of you 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. But you know it and God knows it,” she said.

“And I just want to encourage you, and I just want to say that God loves you — and just let your light shine.”

To be clear, I have no idea what Wright’s ideologies or personal politics are. She could be highly conservative or she could be a far left loon. But in the context of her faith and the message she chose to send at the BAFTA awards, those don’t matter.

Wright pushed a message that stressed how important a relationship with God can be in a Hollywood that seems all too eager to separate itself from anything based on faith. That needs to be lauded.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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