Mr Porter‘s weekly style guide “The Journal” features “Mary Magdalene” actor Chiwetel Ejiofor photographed by Serge Leblon and styled by Eilidh Greig.
On Mary Magdalene: “I was always inherently suspicious of, or dismissed, the prostitution angle,” he says. “It seemed a little far-fetched to me. But certainly, I didn’t think she was as significant as it turned out she was.”
On Mary deciding to join Jesus and his band of followers: “It doesn’t seem totally unreasonable, initially, for Peter [his role] to be worried about bringing Mary along, because, well, it doesn’t seem like the best way to spread a message, to carry off young girls with you, but what it reveals is actually a whole set of beliefs and ideas that are taken as truth, about his and that society’s relationship to women.”
On looking back at what happened some 2018 years ago, considering how much it still affects how we live and think today: “Religion is the fabric of our societies,” he says. “We can’t really claim this secular identity with any real, robust energy.”
On his personal beliefs: “I don’t think I have, at this point in my life, any structured religious direction in terms of organised faith” – which is a well-considered way of saying “no.” He is generally not keen on giving biographical facts away. There are no rings on his fingers, and when asked if he’d like children, he says simply, “We’ll leave it up to life to decide.”
[Photo Credit: Serge Leblon/Mr Porter]