Kofi Siriboe, 22, is poised for a breakout. He’s currently starring in “Queen Sugar,” the drama from Oprah Winfrey and Ava Duvernay that follows three siblings (Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Siriboe) as they take over their late father’s sugar cane farm, as well as playing the more-than-meets-the-eye villain in Tribeca Film Festival darling “Kicks,” out September 9. Here are the outtakes from Siriboe’s chat with WWD — his love for New Orleans, his desire to dress like Busta Rhymes and Marvin Gaye, and what that first meeting with Oprah was like.
On his adopted city of New Orleans, where both “Queen Sugar” and his upcoming film with Jada Pinkett Smith, “Girl Trip,” filmed:
They unfortunately got us there right after Mardi Gras (laughs). I feel like it’s home now — I have an apartment right in downtown, I’m accustomed to the weather at this point, I’m accustomed to the people, I know the best restaurants. And it’s a drinking city too and I love wine, so to be able to just drink some wine, walk bar to bar and listen to live music…people play crazy amateur nights. These people are just out of this world — so passionate, so amazing, so talented. At this point I was just thinking I really need to get a house here at some point, because I really like it that much.
On his biggest inspiration:
My little brother [Kwesi] was always my biggest inspiration — he just worked so much as a child and I always admired it. I was able to see it up close and personal, and it kind of took away the whole facade of it being something unachievable. It was just really organic and doable, and he was just a kid.
On his first meeting with Oprah:
I first met Oprah at the table read, and I knew I was going to be meeting her so it was an expected thing but it didn’t help — I was still absolutely freaked out to be meeting her.
I’m really into Raf Simons, Public School, Givenchy, Prada, DSquared, Alexander Wang — it’s kind of all over the place.
Biggest style inspiration:
I really look up to my dad, I feel that his style is just impeccable. He’s curated a look over such a long period of time, and it’s just so effortless and explorative. He’s always trying things and he creates these little trends that become, like, real trends — in his world, at least.
Right now I’ve been really into old school fashion, like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Tupac and even some stuff Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X would wear — just that whole Seventies, Eighties, Nineties [look]. Like, I feel like Busta Rhymes and Dennis Rodman, they all just had these moments. All kinds of crazy in the best way. Very expressive, colorful, all kinds of different looks and styles.
On how he describes his style:
I’m into colors, I’m into tailored fits. I’m really into my Chelsea boots, I’m into rings, accessories, my bracelet, my watches — I switch it up. It really goes according to how I feel.