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David Oyelowo Asked Hotel Concierge To Turn Off His Room Lights, But She’s No Diva, Entertainment News


In case you haven’t heard, celebrities can make requests and some of them are pretty specific.

For example, Beyonce requested juicy cooked chicken (thighs, wings, or breast) seasoned with fresh garlic, seasoned salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Oh, and it must be “heavily seasoned”.

Or how about Rihanna with her big clean rug that’s “plush and [has] animal footprint”?

At least, according to this (rather old) article on Business Insider — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the demands of some of the biggest names in music.

As for the British actor David Oyelowo, he confessed to having called the hotel concierge and having helped them turn off the lights in his room.

However, he was not a diva. In fact, the handsome and charismatic comedian, who shot to fame after portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, couldn’t be further from a diva.

Dressed comfortably in a black turtleneck and black denim jacket, the 45-year-old told reporters during a virtual roundtable interview on Tuesday (February 9) that he was technologically challenged.

“There are crazy hotels now where the light fixtures are so technologically advanced, I feel like it’s throwing me off. I had to, multiple times, call the concierge and say, ‘I’m trying to sleep, can- will you please come and turn off the lights for me? he said, mimicking the way he would flip cluelessly with the switches.

He added with a light chuckle, “I just want a light switch. I just want to flip it and turn the light off… Enough people in the hotel. Alright, I’m done with my rant .”


David’s confession follows a question about whether he’s been to a house or apartment that made him feel unwanted.

It sounds random, but it really isn’t when you consider that he’ll be playing an enigmatic, detached, and methodical architect in the TV thriller The Girl Before.

In The Girl Before, Jane Cavendish (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) moves into a beautiful, extraordinarily minimalist home designed by Edward Monkford (David). Not only does she have to be assessed through a questionnaire and physical interview, but she also has to agree to live by a very specific set of rules.

However, all is not as it seems when Jane discovers former occupant Emma Matthews (Jessica Plummer) who not only physically resembles her but died mysteriously in the house. Ben Hardy also stars in the series as Simon, Emma’s partner.

To top it off, Edward also forms a relationship with Jane, just like he did with Emma, ​​after assessing their compatibility through the questionnaire.

A little scary, we pointed out during the interview, which made David laugh.

Is a checklist good or bad?

However, we couldn’t help but notice the parallels between what Edward does and how we approach dating in modern times with the integration of technology.

We answer a few questions, the algorithm saves our preferences and proceeds to recommend the most suitable matches. Sound familiar?

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we asked Gugu and David what they think of a checklist and whether modern dating has become too clinical. (Yes, we know David has been married since 1998.)

Gugu, 38, said: “I feel like Edward takes it completely to the extreme. I mean, I’m a big fan of human connection. I think having a checklist for people seems a bit robotic. Even if you did, I don’t know if it would necessarily work.

“I think it’s kind of a controlled way of approaching human relationships. I think people are way more, you know, interesting than that.”


David, who said he hadn’t dated for 25 years, joked that it was “very different in the 18th century” when he did.

He shared, “Honestly, it terrifies me of these apps, you know. People have found love and I think that’s weird, isn’t it? We’re kind of more connected and less connected than we’ve ever been I understand the validity and necessity of these, but like Gugu I’m always searching for that interpersonal connection I think we all are, [that] is reality.”

“I think the extreme nature of what Edward is offering is what makes this drama compelling and that’s why it only appeals to a very limited number of people,” David said, adding that Jane and Emma are going through some tough times. very specific traumas that Edward capitalizes on. somehow.

Stillbirth a taboo subject in society

Apart from obsessed solving the mystery behind Emma’s death, Jane must also come to terms with the tragic death of her daughter.

Gugu and the team went to great lengths to accurately portray the journey onscreen. Gugu shared, “Obviously stillbirth, unfortunately, is still quite a taboo subject in our society, I think just because it’s so sad and hard to talk about.


“And we made sure to partner with Sands, which is an organization that helps people deal with stillbirth, and they had a lot of resources for us in terms of materials that they donate to people who have lost a baby. J I was able to speak with a grieving midwife who works with this organization.

“I also spoke with a therapist…And a friend of mine who had a stillbirth was very kind and generous enough to tell me about her experience. So with all of that, I was able to kind of nurture some of that.in…while the scripts were developed a bit further.”

Architects have a “divine complex”

She wasn’t the only one who researched her character as David also spoke to an architect friend, David Adjaye, who confirmed the “god complex” of some of the great architects.

He said, much to the amusement of the reporters present: “He said there was something about driving down the street and saying, ‘This is my building. It’s my building. It’s my building.

“And they’re almost all men – the guys he talked about are all men – and in the UK anyway there’s about 10, maybe 12, he’s the only black one. Of them, there are no women and they walk through the earth in a certain way.”


David added: “He confirmed that when a standing building is in some ways your responsibility, control is absolutely a professional hazard of being an architect… There are good reasons for controlling, there are bad reasons, also to have a divine complex.

“And he talks about the difficulty of being one of those people versus family because it involves a lot of travelling, you’re dealing with a lot of people, it’s very obsessive in terms of attention to detail.”

The new original limited series The Girl Before is now available exclusively on HBO GO.

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