Multihyphenate Donald Glover, who stars as Simba in the CGI adaptation of The Lion King, sat down recently with Shadow And Act’s Robin Ayers along with the film’s director, Jon Favreau. Ayers pointed out the significance of one scene in The Lion King when Mufasa advises Simba to remember who he is.
When was asked of a particular time in his life when remembering who he is helped changed his life, Glover reflected on his time as a writer on the NBC show 30 Rock.
“I had just gotten a job and I was the only Black person and I was the youngest person,” he said of his time at 30 Rock. “And these people were, like, Frasier and Friends. These were comedy heavyweights.”
The Atlanta star revealed that after a couple of weeks, he told his father that he didn’t think he was supposed to be there.
“You get kind of an imposter syndrome sometimes, where you think this is all luck, you know, kind of thing, but it’s like, no,” he said. “It’s just like, even when it’s luck, it’s not.”
The Lion King also stars Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. The film opens in theaters on July 19, 2019.
Watch the rest of Glover’s interview below: