Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on Playing Bobby Seale in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and Auditioning for ‘The Matrix 4’

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on Playing Bobby Seale in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and Auditioning for ‘The Matrix 4’
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II may be starring in the fourth “Matrix” movie, but don’t ask him to explain what the franchise is about. “No one understands the Matrix except for Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski,” Abdul-Mateen tells me. So how did the actor approach his work? “You learn to find meaning, and then you go test it out,” he says. “If no one says anything, then you just trust that you ended up doing the right thing.” The “Matrix” audition wasn’t as intense as one might assume. “It was maybe two days,” Abdul-Mateen recalls. “Lana and I did more conversing than we did acting in that audition because she’s building a family.”

He was in a New York hotel room for work when Wachowski called him on FaceTime. “She said, ‘I would love to invite you to the family,’” Abdul-Mateen says. “I had the biggest smile in the world,
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