Actor David Oyelowo on the Biggest Challenge of Working in Movies and What He's Doing to Help African Girls Get Educated

02/06/2017 03:02 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2018

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Answers by David Oyelowo, actor best known for his roles in Queen of Katwe, A United Kingdom and Selma, on Quora.

A: I think stage is the best possible preparation for being on-camera because if you know what it feels like to say great dialogue to actual people night after night you can make most dialogue feel truthful while being around cameras and the artificial environment of a film set.

A: The biggest challenge is getting people to actually leave their homes to go and watch a film in a movie theatre. There's so much great television these days, it means your film has to be exceptional to persuade people to leave the house.

A: I'd love to see a lot more movie stars demanding that female directors be considered for their movies.

A: A lot of African girls are being denied education purely on the basis of gender. It really saddens me, but instead of just being upset I decided to do my part. I have a scholarship called the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship and it's run by the GEANCO FOUNDATION. It's a scholarship for girls affected by Boko Haram in Nigeria. http://www.geanco.org/

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