“I’m not going to ignore that I’m surrounded by [racism], but I’m not defined by it,” Kaluuya said, per The Guardian. “I’m just Daniel, who happens to be black.”
The British actor, who rose to fame thanks to Get Out, Black Panther and Queen & Slim, noted that he has appeared in projects like The Fades, Skins, Chatroom and Psychoville, where race and representation aren’t the central topics.
“What is there to talk about race? It’s just boring to me. What’s the debate? I’m more of a doer — I’m just going to do what I want to do,” said Kaluuya.
Kaluuya expressed similar thoughts in a 2018 interview with The Guardian. “I’m not a spokesperson; I’m an individual,” he proclaimed. “Who’s the spokesperson for white people? There isn’t one. No one’s expected to speak up for all white people. I’m just living my life. I’m a black man I’m proud of it but I’m just living my life. I don’t see myself as victim. You may victimize me, but you will not make me feel like a victim. And if you think you can, then what sort of person are you?”