Denzel’s son John David is now a bona fide star, without his father’s help and standing on his own two feet, even with the muted release of Tenet. It wasn’t always that way however, as Washington recently told fashion outlet Mr. Porter. Early on in his career, he hid his true parentage in an effort to control people’s perception of him.
“I was related to Denzel Washington,” he says. “I saw how people changed when they found out who my father was. I used to lie, saying he was a construction worker or in jail, just to have some sense of normalcy. I felt like there was no way people would take me seriously, even if I was good. They would always judge me. So I hid who my father was. I guess I was protecting myself.”
Now, John David is telling everyone in a recent interview with People that his father is not only his “favorite actor,” but is also the best to ever have done it.
“I think the best actor in the industry, in the business, is my father,” he said. “I’m inspired by the kind of career he’s had and what he’s had to do. Again, he’s been on the frontline for many years and what he’s done with it, with his opportunities, I just am so inspired and continue to be inspired by what he does and how he works and his approach to the craft and the business.”
He doesn’t discount his mother, either. “Pauletta Washington gives me inspiration. That’s my mother, the most consistent person in my life.”