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“Absence of my father put in me a drive”: Creed 3 Star Jonathan Majors Said He Wouldn’t Have Survived if He Wasn’t Aggressive

"Absence of my father put in me a drive": Creed 3 Star Jonathan Majors Said He Wouldn't Have Survived if He Wasn't Aggressive

Jonathan Majors is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, who was shot to fame when he first starred in ABC’s When We Rise. After his appearance in the 2017 drama series, the actor’s life changed for good. Majors then appeared in a number of major films such as Creed III, Da 5 Bloods, The Harder They Fall, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and more. He plays complex characters with nuance and subtlety and has been labeled as one of the most talented actors in the industry.

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Jonathan Majors

The actor had a rough childhood and found his passion for acting at the age of 14. Jonathan Majors said more about his rough childhood in an exclusive interview where he stated that the absence of his father from his life put him in a fit that helped him in pursuing acting as a profession. 

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Jonathan Majors’ Father’s Absence Helped Him Become an Actor

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, the Devotion actor talked about his family, telling that his mother, Terri is a pastor, and her influence can be seen in his way of talking. His father Winfred was in the US Air Force. When the actor was born in 1989, they lived in California. But when they moved to Texas, Majors’ parents decided to part ways. 

Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror
Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror

However, Jonathan Majors states that his father vanished from his life, and his mother did her best to raise her three children with the little money she had. As a result, the life of acting looked appealing to the actor.

“I would say the absence of my father put in me a drive. My older sister is quite sweet and gentle. We would not have survived if both of us were that way. We also wouldn’t have survived if we were both extremely aggressive and forward [like I was]. I would bark. I would move the whole litter forward. That aspect of me probably comes from my father.”

The actor continued that his mother helped him in communication as he grew around language, while his father helped him in his creative aspect, as he was a “wandering, dreaming spirit.” 

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Jonathan Majors in Creed III

“The energy for communication is very much my mother. Because of her, I grew up around language.” Majors further added about his father, “He was very cool, he took a relaxed position. I get my emotionality and my imagination from him. He’s a wandering, dreaming spirit. How my brain can float around, now, to find my mother’s language? My father would be the vehicle. My mother would be the destination.”

While the contribution of the actor’s father is a complicated one, there is no denying that his absence from Majors’ life played an important role in shifting the attention of young Jonathan Majors to acting, cementing him as one of the most recognized actors in the industry today.

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Jonathan Majors is an Outstanding Parent

Even though the Loki actor was abandoned by his father at a young age, he is an excellent parent himself. Since Majors became a father at the young age of 22, his daughter helped him to decide the kind of father he would be to her.

“It’s relative, but I was young, I was 22. I’d just come out of college. I was coming from a sheltered institution into the world. And after four months in the world? I was preparing to be a father. I remember stepping out of the time we were in, which was not so good, and projecting forward to see the beauty of her life, and the type of father I wanted to be.”

Paul Rudd and Jonathan Majors
Paul Rudd and Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

The When We Rise actor described fatherhood beautifully and strangely, calling it a million little “confrontations” with love, where you would be there for your child.

“The trouble they can get into is greater at this age. But at the same time, you have to trust their instruments more. You have to sit back, tell them, ‘Go ahead.’ And it takes all your tenderness to confront those instincts and decide, no. Because you’re not leading them any more. It’s an ushering. You’re saying to them: ‘I’m here with you.’”

It is adorable that Majors is being a father that he never had, as it helped him experience the joys of parenthood, growing up with his daughter growing, guiding, and loving her; the things which he was deprived of as a kid. The actor is making sure that his daughter gets a great childhood filled with love, affection, and memorable moments.

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Source: The Guardian

Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.