Ghanaian Hollywood actor talks about working with Oprah Winfrey, "Queen Sugar” audition and more

“Working with Ava and Oprah was a dream come true. I had no idea what to expect because my expectations were so high for both of them," said Kofi.

Kofi Siriboe

According to the 22-year-old actor, his first paying job was a printing work he did for Kumon TVC which he did with his brothers; Kwesi Boakye and Kwame Boateng.

“I started as a kid, when I was about 5 years old. Me and my brothers -- there's three of us and I'm the middle child -- started doing print work and my first one was a Kumon commercial. It was ages ago. When I was about 17-18, I started taking [acting] more seriously and that's when the TV work started picking up. I remember my first job that really shook the artist inside of me, I guess you would say, was "CSI." As soon as I did "CSI" I was like, 'This is fun.' I really wanted to do this on a level I knew I had to work for,” he told CNN.

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He disclosed that, his parents are from Ghana and are not in the film industry.

“Actually, no. My parents came from Africa. They were both born in Ghana, West Africa, and they came out here. My mom went to college out here and my dad went to college in Ghana. And yeah, they weren't born in the industry or know the industry. None of that,” he said.

Talking about the audition process for America drama series "Queen Sugar", Kofi said he was ‘really excited about it’ and ‘knew there was something great on the other end of all the auditions he was going on.’

“It was exciting because I was in a place where I was really excited about auditions. And I just knew something great was on the other end of all the auditions I was going on. But I saw Ava tweet that she was looking for this character to be filled -- Ralph Angel. And you know when she tweets something you think, 'Wow she must really need somebody because Ava is a good name. I'm sure she's seen everybody -- except for me!' Clearly I hadn't gone in the room yet if she was looking for this character. So that was ironic because the next day I got an audition to play this character and I felt like it just fit perfectly,” he said.

Kofi also disclosed that, working with film director Ava DuVernay and producer Oprah Winfrey was a ‘dream come true and feels like the luckiest actor in the world’.


“Working with Ava and Oprah was a dream come true. I had no idea what to expect because my expectations were so high for both of them. But they were so welcoming and open and shared themselves and the knowledge they've acquired through their journeys. I feel like literally the luckiest actor in the world,” he concluded.


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