Lashana Lynch has opened up about the immense pride she feels at starring in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, in which she plays a 00 agent alongside Daniel Craig.
During her speech at Essenceâ€™s Black Women in Hollywood Awards ceremony on Thursday night, via Page Six, Lynch admitted that it previously scared her â€œknowing there were little black girls around the world potentially looking upâ€ to her and what she does.
However, that changed when she realised that her work as an actress gave her a â€œgolden opportunity to speakâ€ to people that she cared about across the world through her roles.Â
She then made reference to her role in Captain Marvel, declaring, â€œIt was a privilege to play Maria Rambeau and give an ode to single black mothers who are truly heroes without capes,â€ before then teasing her work in No Time To Die, by adding, â€œAnd it is an honor to be able to proudly flam our big Jamaican flag up in MI6 as a 00 agent.â€
Lynch, who described herself as a â€œdark skinned, working class young woman from West London â€¦ who proudly comes from an immigrant family and wears her truth on her sleeve,â€ then opened up about growing up and always being â€œhyper-aware of [her] blackness.â€
â€œI recall being in ballet class at a very young age and having a white teacher tell me to tuck in my backside, and I proceeded to explain why mine just doesnâ€™t go in like everyone else.â€
â€œSo then I told my mom I wanted to leave [ballet], at that young age, and because of the black women that raised me, I was confidently able to leave a space that didnâ€™t celebrate me. And now here I am in this room being able to celebrate my skin, my hair and my [behind].â€
Weâ€™ll get to see Lynch in all of her glory when No Time To Die is released on April 2, 2020.Â