92 Yr Old “Black Panther” Actress Tells Amazing Story Of How She Chased Dream After 88

Posted On : March 1, 2018
Dorothy Steele in “Black Panther” film

ILOSM fam,’ if you still have not seen the record breaking film, Black Panther, then maybe actress, Dorothy Steel, will give you that extra push to check out this historical masterpiece. Why? Because not only did she hold her own as the ‘Merchant Tribal Elder’ who advised the King of ‘Wakanda,’ “T’Challa” a.k.a. “Black Panther,” her real life story is hella inspiring to say the least.

How She Landed Her Role

You see, Mrs. Steele just turned 92 years young in the third week of February (2018), however, she landed the role in Black Panther at the age of 91. In an interview with WSB2-TV-Atlanta, the Atlanta, Ga. native explained how she landed her Black Panther role:

“It was just amazing, it truly was,” Steel told Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez. “If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind,” Steel said. Steel said she sent her audition tape when Marvel called her last year. “We sent it in and an hour later they said, “Who is that old lady? We want her,'” she recalled.

92 year old “Black Panther” actress, Dorothy Steel (via WSB2-Atlanta)

And just like that, Steel was now starring alongside some of the biggest names in the game, including Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, and Michael B. Jordan.

It’s Never Too Late, She Started At 88

Equally inspiring, is the fact that Mrs. Steel is living proof that it is never to late to pursue your dreams. That is because another interesting fun fact about her, is that it wasn’t until she made her 88th birthday, that she decided to pursue acting.

What Actor Chadwick Boseman Did For Her On Set

On the set of Black Panther, Dorothy Steel described how much of a melting pot and familial environment it was among all the actors and crew. She also revealed that she was not just the ‘Merchant Tribal Elder’ in the film, she was also the “grandmother” of the set:

Via WSB2-TV- Steel said she became the “grandmother” on the set of ‘Black Panther,’ which she said is not just a movie but a movement. “We were one big melting pot of black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before. Ya know?” she said.

Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals
HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ held at the Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Steel said that Chadwick Boseman, the lead character, would do the coolest thing for her everyday, which made it feel even moreso like a family environment:

“Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss,” Steel said.

She Says The Women In The Film Deserve Their Props

As we all know, Black Panther is an all around powerful statement within Hollywood for several reasons, including the predominantly Black cast, which was a first for Marvel Studios. However, Steele also attributes much of that power to the fact that there were so many strong women in the movie:

She said the women of Wakanda rule ‘Black Panther.’ ”We have power and it’s time for us to step up and take over. That’s what we have to do and take over,” she said.

Well said Mrs. Steel.

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