Chatting with the former daytime TV queen, Elba revealed that he has not accepted his father’s death. In the three months following the tragedy, the actor admitted that he has hardly given himself time to properly grieve.
Winston Elba died in September after losing a battle with lung cancer.
“He was such a tough man and he would just expect me to get on with it,” Elba told Winfrey regarding his reluctance to dwell on his father’s death.” When I call my mum’s house the answering machine is still my dad. And the thing about his lung cancer is that it took his voice away, but the answering machine is his full voice. Two things happen…I get super, super sad when I hear that but I’m also really happy that he’s still there. It’s the only bit of his voice that I have.”
On a lighter note, Elba put the rumors to rest by confirming that he is expecting a little baby.
“My girlfriend’s having a baby, yes,” said the actor, who added that he discovered he would be a father shortly after finding out that his own father had died of cancer.
Fans of Elba can soon check him out on the big screen when he portrays former South African president Nelson Mandela in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” The film, based on Mandela’s life, will hit theaters on Christmas Day.
Oprah’s interview with Elba can be seen below: