He is an actor, a professional kickboxer, deejay, rapper and garment designer – so it's no surprise that this year's Most Powerful Man in Life, Idris Elba, likes to have some fun.
Growing up in East London as the only child for African immigrants, Elba, 46, "It was a good kid, but my parents were very strict," she says People in the story of this week. "When I was 14 years old, when I grew up, I had to get out."
All-boy school attendance was a bit of a "cultural shock", the actor says. "It was a lot of bravado, machismo, who's bigger than anyone?" She remembers Elba, who also played sports like football, football and cricket. "I was a C or B. I could not sit for a long time in the classroom, I would be bored."
Once he found fame, Elba found the importance of authenticity. "When I meet someone, I can definitely read how much they want me to see – if they want to see the guy on TV," he says. "And sometimes it's not in real life."
But he admits he has a "naughty" side. "I told you my parents are strict, so there is a rebellious side for me," he says, laughing. "I have a little trouble with authority sometimes, I'm the guy who says," Do not press the button, "I'll push it in. I think I'm curious, not as risky as if it happened?
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His current criminal? "Whiskey can be a bad habit, it's a slippery slope, because it's very alcoholic," says Elba. "As for food, I can eat meat, much like a steak."
The actor also has 10 tattoos and could be easily seen in the future. "I love my tattoo," he adds. "There are moments in my life, I have the names of my children and the symbols of my culture, because I'm half of Sierra Leonean and Ghana, I have one line from one of my favorite songs:" This train carries no criminals. "It's not the thought of being mysterious it's just the idea that you can carry negativity or leave it at the station and continue on. "
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