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Michaela Coel Revealed The Biggest Reason She Said Yes To Play Aneka in 'Black Panther'

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Michaela Coel is opening up about her character in Black Panther. If you don’t know, the 35-year-old actress plays Aneka in the movie, who is a captain and combat instructor in the Dora Milaje.

In the comic books, Aneka falls in love with a fellow Dora Milaje warrior named Ayo, who’s played by Florence Kasumba, and their relationship ultimately causes tension in the group.

In her November 2022 cover issue for Vogue, Michaela revealed how her character’s sexuality was a major reason why she decided to take on the role. Click inside to read more… Michaela shared that Aneka’s queerness sold her on the role and was a big reason she said yes to playing the part. “The fact that my character’s queer.

I thought: ‘I like that, I want to show that to Ghana,’” she shared. Michaela, who is of Ghanaian descent, mentioned the country specifically because of the anti-gay laws the country has put into place.

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