Michael B. Jordan Reveals the Role That Sent Him to Therapy

MAY 12: Michael B. Jordan attends the photo-call of 'Farenheit 451' during the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Michael B. Jordan has had leading roles in Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther, just to name a few of his films.

The actor’s breakout role came in the 2013 police brutality drama Fruitvale Station, from director Ryan Coogler. The two teamed up again on Rocky sequel, Creed, and Marvel superhero saga Black Panther.

But in a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for SuperSoul Sunday, Jordan said after taking on the intense role of Black Panther villain Erik Killmonger, he decided to seek therapy.

“As a man I think we get a lot of slack for, you know, what it is to be masculine,” he explained. “I don’t really subscribe to that because I feel like everybody needs to unpack and talk whether it’s at a therapist or a close friend or family member.”

Michael B. Jordan is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. (Credit: OWN/JoJo Whilden)
Michael B. Jordan is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. (Credit: OWN/JoJo Whilden)

Jordan, 32, also talked about what he does to stay grounded after achieving a level of success he never dreamed was possible.

“It exceeded the dream,” he said about the status of his career.

In January, Jordan will star in civil rights drama Just Mercy about real-life attorney Bryan Stevenson, who took on the case of a man imprisoned for murder, despite having evidence to prove otherwise.

Jordan’s interview with Winfrey was taped as part of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square last month. The one-on-one aired Sunday, March 10 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The interview is also available on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

You can watch the full episode here.