The 27-year-old actor, who plays the brilliant Eric Effiong in the Netflix original, opened up about a particular scene in the first series of the Netflix original, which saw his character in "a wig, full make-up and stilettos."
"[I] thought, 'Oh my God, my family, all my friends in Tottenham! Nobody's ever seen me like this before…'" Ncuti told Radio Times, before praising the scene for pushing him out of his comfort zone and making him "braver as an actor".
"It was definitely a challenge but it helped me become braver as an actor. I had to get over a lot of my own insecurities and concerns about how other people would judge me. And I felt amazing," he continued. "I've never felt that brave in my own life, so it was very cool to experience that through him."
This isn't the first time the Sex Education actor has been open and honest about his acting career. Previously, Ncuti spoke to The Big Issue about how landing the role of Eric Effiong was his big break.
"Being a 25 year old man with no money or job affected my sense of self-worth," he told the publication. "Rejection became unbearable. Auditions weren't just acting jobs, they were lifelines."
He went on to touch on how the potential to live somewhere rent free fell through, leaving him feeling rock bottom. "As I was standing on the street with my suitcases, one thought came into my head: 'I'm homeless'.
"I couldn't have got through without two wonderful friends. One made me stay with her and the other wired me money for food every week. Their generosity was incredible but difficult to accept as it meant accepting what my situation had become – and it was a situation I could barely comprehend."
Speaking of his mental health struggles, he added: "I developed depression. But I never let people know how down I was feeling. That would have been another burden for my friends to take on. My mind became my biggest enemy."
Kudos to Ncuti for opening up about his past struggles, and for being so open and honest with fans. We couldn't imagine Sex Education without him.
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