The perks of being a champion. Wrestlers are in a weird place when it comes to celebrity status. It’s true that they are on national television every week, but at the same time they are seen as “just wrestlers”. It puts them in a strange hole in the middle but things can work out a bit better with WWE behind them. It opens some doors and that is the case with one of the company’s more successful names.
Back at WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the new WWE Champion. It was one of the best and most emotional moments that WWE had put together in years and one of their all time greats. Kingston was instantly a star and one of the faces of the company. While Kingston has since lost the title, his sixth month reign had some lasting impacts on his career. Now he is getting to do something else.
WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube page featuring Kingston interviewing actress Charlize Theron as part of the promotional campaign for the Netflix movie The Old Guard. The interview touches on Theron’s childhood in South Africa, parenting, her career as a dancer, and Theron having potential in WWE. The Old Guard premiered on Netflix on Friday, July 10.
It was a big interview. Check out Kingston and Theron:
Opinion: While watching that, it became pretty obvious in a hurry that Theron had no idea who Kingston was or any of the wrestling names he was talking about. That’s not a criticism, as Theron probably isn’t a wrestling fan and had probably done a few dozen interviews about the movie that day alone. It was awkward in parts, but certainly not her fault. At least WWE is getting chances like this, which is quite the accomplishment.
What did you think of the interview? Who is your favorite celebrity wrestling fan? Let us know in the comments below.
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