Boris Kodjoe Discusses Childhood Experiences in Germany
Boris Kodjoe appeared on The Carlos Watson Show, which launched in summer 2020. The show is described as “a flavorful talk show built to meet this historic moment.” Boris Kodjoe opens up to Carlos Watson about his experience growing up as a Black kid in Germany.
Born Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe, the Austrian-born actor spent the first 20 years of his life in Germany. His father is from Ghana and his mother is of German Jewish heritage. As a matter of fact, Kodjoe tricked people into thinking he was American.
“It took a lot of effort for me to be able to fool people into thinking I’m from here,” Kodjoe, 47, revealed. “Learning the language was hard enough and speaking it without an accent, but then to understand the culture that is very specific to African Americans, that was really the hardest part for me. It continues to be, actually.”
The Actor Speaks on The Challenges He Faced
Kodjoe and his brother had a hard time. Here’s what he had to say about their challenges:
“Me growing up with my brother, we were the only Black kids in our community,” the actor says. “We were bullied every day, called names every day, because it’s just inherent, especially in kids, that anything that is different or foreign is a threat. So instead of being curious, kids usually are quick to ostracize you…so we went through that a lot.”
Kodjoe’s episode on The Carlos Watson Show will air on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Be sure to check it out to here the actor’s full interview.