When Lakeith Stanfield is on the screen, it’s hard to look away. He is one of the reasons we can’t wait for season two of the hit FX series, Atlanta, and part of the ensemble cast that made Jordan Peele’s runaway hit, Get Out, so compelling. So how much do we love this cool Cali brother? Let us count five ways.
1. This week his new film Crown Heights hits theaters. In it he plays Trinidadian immigrant and Brooklynite Colin Warner, who in 1980 was convicted of a murder he did not commit and spends two decades trying to clear his name. “He made me realize that, even after 20 years in prison, you can be a good person. It was humbling to be allowed to walk in those shoes,” Lakeith said in an interview withRolling Stone Magazine.
2. He loves black women, has defended and praised us in interviews. And this year he welcomed the birth of his first child with his lovely girlfriend, Xosha Roquemore, and actress on The Mindy Project. In his own low-key way, Lakeith even tweeted the baby’s arrival
— Lakeith Stanfield (@stanfield_keith) June 13, 2017
3. He plays The Daily Show alum Jessica James’s ex in the quirky, Woody Allen-eqsue Netflix original film, The Incredible Jessica James – now streaming. Lakeith told Rolling Stone the rom-com role “came at me at a weird time. I was going through a relationship transition. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I must need to do this.’”
4. In another Netflix project, Death Note – an American version of a Japanese supernatural series – Lakeith stars as “L” – “an eccentric genius who compulsively gobbles candy and hunts down a demon controlled by vengeful teens.” “He’s like Einstein as a detective,” he said in Rolling Stone. “And he hates shoes – I used to go to high school without shoes, so I get it. Like, f**k shoes, you know?” Death Note is scheduled for release on Netflix on August 25, 2017.
5. Did we mention Lakeith’s breakout role as Paperboy’s philosophical stoner sidekick, Darius? The 26-year-old described Darius to Rolling Stone as the missing link “between the show’s far-out, imaginary world and the real world.” “Darius can talk about morality and then cryptically call his gun ‘Daddy.’ The extreme parts make him fun to play.”