Starring in ‘Black Widow’ it’s ‘pretty surreal’ says O-T Fagbenle

O T Fagbenle says its ‘pretty surreal starring in ‘Black Widow

O-T Fagbenle can’t quite believe he’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“It was a pretty surreal thing,” the English actor, 40, who plays Rick Mason in the eagerly awaited “Black Widow,” tells Page Six. “And to be honest, I’m not even entirely sure it’s completely sunk in yet.

“I’m still kind of processing it. People keep asking me, ‘Are you ready for this?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know what to be ready for, so yeah.’ Anyway, I’m enjoying the ride.”

That said, he’s still waiting on one perk in particular to arrive.

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“Free stuff is one of my favorite things in the world,” he jokes. “Put it in the article: ‘Send O-T high-quality free stuff.’

“I’m here for it. I really haven’t had a deluge of that yet. But I think it’s to come; they do treat you very well.”

For Fagbenle, who began his career on the stage, joining the big-ticket world of the MCU was a bit of a shock.

“I came out of the theater,” he explains. “And so the first time I got picked up in a car to go to set, I was in complete wonderment of it, that such a thing could be used. I was so used to getting buses and checking [the schedules] and all of it to go to work, for many, many years. So all the stuff that comes with TV and movie life just feels like, you know, a blessing on blessing, really.”

While Fagbenle has notched a high-profile role as Barack Obama in Showtime’s forthcoming “The First Lady,” his most familiar TV work Stateside is likely his role as Luke Bankole, June Osborne’s husband in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“It’s great to be part of a progressive conversation,” he says of the show. “One thing that I love about it is that it doesn’t give simplistic answers. Even the way it handles trauma: We see that everybody’s having trauma in a different way, it’s not cookie-cutter. It’s just wonderful to be a part of a piece of art that is also so meaningful to so many people.”