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Exclusive: Will Packer And Idris Elba On Putting Black Women First

Executive producer Will Packer’s new film Beast stars Idris Elba as a widowed dad caring for his two daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries) after his wife dies. While he’s trying to build a stronger bond with his daughters, the doctor encounters a ruthless lion in a South African game reserve and his daughters’ safety becomes his number one priority.


While Idris’ character is fighting to protect his daughters at all costs even if that means putting them before himself, that same thinking also translates into his personal life. Putting Black women first is a theme shared with xoNecole's new She Comes First podcast where we hear from our faves on Black women centering themselves, self-care, and self-love in their lives. In an exclusive interview with xoNecole, Idris and Will also share the importance of putting Black women first.

“My wife, she’s a priority just based on we’re married, and we’re a partnership,” Idris said. “She’s always someone I think about first."

xoNecole Asks Idris Elba & Will Packer: "How do you prioritize Black women in your life?"

He also mentioned his daughter. The Luther actor has two kids, a 20-year-old daughter named Isan Elba and an 8-year-old son named Winston Elba. “In this film, my character is prioritizing those two girls over himself and I worked really hard for a long time but I always think about my daughter, my kids, and my wife.”

Will echoed those same sentiments as he is married as well and has two daughters. “First of all, I love Black women and I try to show that love in my personal life. Married to a Black woman, two Black daughters, that is very important, son of a Black mom,” Will said. “I just realized that Black women don’t get enough appreciation for what they bring to this world to how talented and influential they are so I try to do my part and thank the women that I personally know and show them love but then also in my work.”

“If you look at projects that I’ve been a part of, there is either Black women right at the center or integral parts to the content that I make.”

Will has produced several films starring Black women such as Girls Trip, Little, Breaking In, and many more. “And that audience has shown their appreciation to me by going out and supporting my projects in a really major way and that is not lost on me. So I continue to always showcase my sisters in any chance that I get and they always show me love and I’m appreciative.”

Beast hits theaters on August 19.

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