The Fruitvale Station star says small successes allowed him room to mature into a man.
Michael B. Jordan recently sat down with Essence.com to talk about his spirituality, growing up in the business, and being grateful that success has come to him as small "stepping stones." Jordan, who grew up in church, considers himself spiritual and while he's asked for proof of a higher power, still believes that there is something greater that exists.
"I've always been the person to ask, 'Why, why, why? Where's the proof?' I've always believed in a higher power, something bigger than myself. I think you would be foolish to not feel that way," Jordan said.
He also remembers to practice gratitude even when facing difficult obstacles because it keeps him grounded and reminds him of what's truly important in life.
"My mom has lupus. She's always smiling even when I know she's not feeling her best. She just moved up to Los Angeles a couple months ago, so she's closer to me now. It reminds me to be grateful. Same thing with my Dad. He's a diabetic and has complications with that from time to time. Being grateful for the things I have, family that I have around. It always kind of puts things in perspective for me."
As for finding balance while working in Hollywood, the Fruitvale Station actor says his slow rise to stardom has allowed him to mature into a man without losing his head.
"I started when I was 11 or 12. Doing this for 15, 16 years, man, that's a long time," he said. "I think what kind of helped keep my sanity was I never got too much too fast. It was always stepping stones, small success and I was able to grow with my work. I was able to mature as a man. I didn't have any crazy child actor stories. I'm not going bald."
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