Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega believes a real-life hero is someone who puts others first.
The 23-year-old Brit was recruited for the seventh movie in the intergalactic film franchise, demonstrating his bravery alongside Daisy Ridley’s Rey. His heroic character Finn caused him to reflect on what he values in a person in real life.
“For me, a hero is someone who puts others first,” he revealed to Germany’s Bravo magazine. “It can be something very simple, like motivating someone or stopping them from making a mistake.”
While Boyega acknowledges we are all capable of good and bad, he does believe we have a choice. Having achieved so much at a young age, the Hollywood star is in a good position to inspire others.
“We all have that power: our actions are a result of our thoughts,” he said. “I’m not about to say something like: ‘Believe in yourself’ – I’m a bit tougher than that. I’ll say: ‘Take responsibility for your life!’ When you’re young, a lot is dictated to you. You have to go to school, do this and that… But it’s still you who carries the responsibility and decided what to make of yourself. Make a decision about the person you want to be and then do it!”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in cinemas now and has already broken box-office records. Being cast was a huge moment for Boyega, who has been a fan since he was a kid.
“I grew up with it,” he smiled. “I watched the films for the first time aged nine and saved up my pocket money so I could buy the figurines.”