Chiwetel Ejiofor has admitted his father’s death has had a “profound effect” on the way he lives his life.
The ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ star and his father Arinze were in Nigeria for a wedding when he was 11, but tragedy struck when their car hit a truck, leaving the actor as the sole survivor.
And Chiwetel admitted he will always live with the grief of losing his father when he was so young.
He said: “Grief is something you live with forever in different ways, when you lose a parent young it has a profound effect on the way you see life.
“At an early age you realize the value of certain things and the preciousness of life itself, which most people acquire later.
“Some fears or neuroses certainly carry you. Some are justified but you lose a lot of ideas about knowledge.
“I don’t know if it was due to the death of my father, but I have gaps in my knowledge that I must acquire on my own during the journey of life.”
The 44-year-old star admitted the loss of his father triggered a ‘neurosis’ which shaped his decision-making processes, although he was able to ‘break down’ some of the worries he had developed.
He added in an interview with the May issue of British magazine GQ: “I think neurosis is a more creative space [than confidence] but it can be crippling.
“These little fears that you learn along the way become major branches of your personality, and they define how you approach things.
“But such fears are just an illusion that you create. I’ve been lucky enough to shatter some of my fears – and when you do, you recognize your true path and personality in a richer and more deep.”
The May issue of British GQ is available for digital download and on newsstands May 3.
To find out more about Chiwetel, visit https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/chiwetel-ejiofor-interview-2022.