Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors: ‘Jim Crow America is literally in my DNA’

Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors: ‘Jim Crow America is literally in my DNA’

October 13, 2020

He has caused a sensation in HBO’s horror hit. As Marvel supervillainry now beckons, the Texan actor reveals how he went from shoplifting tearaway to hottest young star around

It takes a big man to talk the entire internet through his extensive skincare regime, using such phrases as “shea-butter-based” and “don’t forget the elbows”. Jonathan Majors is such a man. The 31-year-old actor, whose shirtless 44-second run-through of his toning, misting, rubbing and dabbing routine went viral last month, is currently delivering knockout weekly performances in HBO’s horror drama Lovecraft Country.

Majors plays Atticus Freeman, a Korean war vet who travels through 1950s Jim Crow America, while battling both the sort of monsters that live in the pages of an HP Lovecraft paperback and the sort of racism for which the author has latterly become notorious. The series, based on the novel by Matt Ruff, sees Freeman stumbling through the dark secrets plaguing the town where horror master Lovecraft supposedly based many of his tales.

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