Idris Elba Discusses Cats, Coachella, and a Surprise Collaboration with Spike Jonze


Idris Elba is not generally seen as a comedian, but the actor puts his easygoing sense of humor on display in new ads for Squarespace, directed by none other than auteur Spike Jonze. Elba—shirtless and in boxing gloves—shines opposite British comedian Lolly Adefope, who plays someone building Elba a website for his apparel company, 2HR SET, which does exist in real life. In a second video, Elba embodies different potential childhood-fantasy careers: chef, pilot, fashion designer, and more.

The two clips mark Elba’s first time collaborating with Jonze, and Elba calls himself a “massive fan” of the director. Elba said he enjoyed working with Adefope as well, as she took him out of his comfort zone: “I don’t get to do much comedy in truth. But that is the sort of comedy I like, where it’s pretty dry and a bit sort of embarrassing. Cringeworthy, they call that.”

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