Idris Elba spent lonely nights in New Jersey sleeping in his van. The ice-cold ladies man of an actor was then a humbled nobody, separated from his pregnant wife and their Jersey City apartment. After being resigned to turning his Chevy Astro Van into a makeshift home, Elba wondered, "How did I get here?"
Like most people in the arts, Elba soon discovered that the road to success was very much a bumpy one.
To fund the notoriously unglamorous life of an upstart actor, a young Elba took up jobs as a tire fitter, shop clerk and DJ. Most notably, though, he was once a factory worker at the Ford automobile plant where his father had been working for 30 years, a site that would later symbolize the most pivotal moment of his life.
He'd been living out of a Chevy Astro van on the streets for three months when he went to audition for a part on a new HBO series called The Wire.
“Really nice velvety seats,” he recalls. “I miss that little thing. Honestly, if I found one, I’d definitely buy it and ship it back to France to my little house out there.”
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