Ncuti Gatwa is a star who shines bright today on the hit Netflix show "Sex Education." However, there was a time when he was depressed and thought, "I'm homeless."
Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the effervescent and unforgettable Eric Effiong in "Sex Education," graced his over 2.5 million Instagram followers with a new photo of himself posed in a gorgeous suit this week.
In the photo, tagged at the Tate Modern, Gatwa looked sophisticated in a grey turtle neck underneath a black Prada suit as he stared down the camera with a serious but fierce pout.
Ncuti Gatwa pictured as his character Eric in "Sex Education" [Main Picture]. Gatwa pictured in a recent photo on Instagram. | Photo: YouTube/Still Waiting Netflix & Instagram/ncutigatwa
The star's fans and friends showed their love for him as the comment section was filled with compliments and heart and flame emojis. However, looking at the successful actor, it is hard to imagine that he found himself homeless just a few years ago.
In a 2020 edition of The Big Issue, Gatwa revealed that before his stardom, he was 25 years old, and without a job or money, his sense of self-worth took a big hit.
Ncuti Gatwa attends The BRIT Awards 2019, London, England. | Photo: Getty Images
The rejection he faced from not landing roles became unbearable. At this point in his life, the auditions were no longer an opportunity for an acting job. But instead, they were lifelines.
The actor recalled a moment when an offer from a friend to live rent-free so Gatwa could get back on his feet fell through, and Gatwa realized he was homeless. He wrote in The Big Issue:
"As I was standing on the street with my suitcases, one thought came into my head: "I'm homeless." "
To the outside world, Gawta seemed fine. He was working a part-time job at Harrods, a retail store, and whenever he left his friend's home, he would not have a hair out of place, and his shoes would be polished.
He even got compliments on how presentable he looked. After losing weight because he could only afford one meal a day, friends would remark how lean and healthy he looked.
Gatwa spoke of his mental health struggles in the article and admitted he developed depression. However, he never confided in his friend about his feelings because he did not want to burden them. So his mind became his biggest enemy.
Gatwa's life turned around when he landed the role in the Netflix original. However, he almost gave up on acting before landing his iconic role. He was in the final stages of the long auditioning process and was ready to give up.
However, Gatwa decided to continue, and finally, he landed his debut role. He credited the achievement on his decision to twerk during an audition as he felt the character would have done so during the scene.