John David Washington reveals the best acting advice he received from dad Denzel Washington

John David Washington has revealed the best acting advice he received from his father, Denzel Washington.

That principle Star and former American football professional is the son of Oscar winner Denzel and musician Pauletta Washington.

Washington, 38, has acted in films including Spike Lee’s 2018 film BlackKkKlansmanfor which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and Christopher Nolan’s 2020 action thriller principle.

He also appeared in HBO’s comedy series ballerand starred alongside Zendaya in Sam Levinson’s Netflix film Malcolm & Marie (2021).

Washington appeared on Monday night’s episode of The late show with Stephen Colbert (December 6) to discuss his starring role opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Danielle Brooks in August Wilson’s current Broadway production The piano lesson.

When asked if his parents gave him any advice before his Broadway debut, the actor said his mother still has notes for him even after he’s seen the play 29 times.

“They are great supportive parents,” he said. “My father talks about owning your place and believing what you say. My mother is like that.”

When asked what it means to him to “own the space,” Washington replied, “Just stay strong and don’t be afraid to stay still and sometimes deliver the lines, and then don’t be afraid to move, yourself turn around and sometimes talk to your partner.

“Finding the power points on stage that feel most comfortable and natural for the character to perform a specific part of the monologue or conversation.”

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When asked where his “place of power” was, Washington joked, “I can’t tell you that!”

Elizabeth Debicki and John David Washington in 2020’s Tenet

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“This gives away the family secrets?” joked host Stephen Colbert.

Washington went on to reveal another piece of advice he got from his mentor Stephen Henderson (previously lady bird and fences).

“He told me, ‘Don’t make it right, make it true,'” Washington recalled. “So instead of targeting your performance, try to be as honest as possible.”

Earlier this year, Washington starred alongside Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and Anya Taylor-Joy in the thriller comedy Amsterdam.

Robbie recently opened up about improvising her kiss with Brad Pitt in the upcoming blockbuster Babylon. John David Washington reveals the best acting advice he received from dad Denzel Washington


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