Winston Duke’s mom goes everywhere with him, including business meetings

I’m so excited for Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us, which isn’t out until March 22. It’s got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have been raving about it and I’m just getting restless for it. Winston Duke, whom I know as M’Baku from Black Panther, is costarring along with Lupita Nyong’o. I remember him well from Black Panther as he was a standout, but I haven’t seen an interview with him before. He was on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and he’s so funny and cute. He’s 32 so I don’t feel like a creep crushing on him. Winston is from Tobago, which is a small island in the Caribbean. He said he that his mom lives with him half the year and with his sister the other half. The stories he told about his mom were hilarious.

Do they watch Friends in Tobago?
They watched almost every American sitcom. I grew up with all these people as my family. Friends, Family Matters, Fresh Prince, Golden Girls. I’m definitely a Blanche with a little Sophia.

What did your family do for work?
My mother worked for the government and she also owned a restaurant. Local flavor creole cuisine.

Does your mother still live there?
No she spends half her time with me. She lives with me half the year and the other half with my sister.

How do you like living with your mother?
It’s cool especially around now when my life changed completely after Black Panther. Everyone changed except for her. She’s always like ‘you got to take out that garbage. Who do you think you’re talking to? You didn’t get famous your beard did.’ She doesn’t let up.

Do you hang out with her?
Every day almost. We’re almost like best friends. She even comes on set with me on the movies. I even bring her to my meetings with agents.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live]

This sounds crazy to me but according to a woman from Trinidad (the sister island to Tobago) who tweeted me, Caribbean moms can be overbearing like this. Winston seemed really chill about it and like it’s no big deal. It sounds like he finds it fun and he loves being with his mom. I do wonder how that will work if he gets a live-in partner (he may have one already, but I can’t find anything about it) and if it’s a deterrent to potential dates. If I met a guy whose mom lived with him half the time I would think twice about getting involved with him, but Winston probably doesn’t want a significant other who wouldn’t accept his mom as part of the package. I couldn’t find much about his personal life, but he’s starring in this movie that’s about to be a huge hit. I’m sure we’ll learn more about him soon.

Here’s the interview!

His sister is a doctor who runs her own fertility practice in Nevada!

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  1. Karen says:


  2. Royalwatcher says:

    God, he’s so gorgeous!!! Can we please see him in more movies?!

    As for the mom stuff, cultures are different so hopefully if he has a partner they are understanding and Winston is also understanding if the partner’s culture is different and he/she wants that big hunk of sexy man all to themselves. Compromise!

  3. jessamine says:

    This is awesome.

  4. Lightpurple says:

    “You didn’t get famous, your beard did.” is something my mother and her sisters would say. The universal language of mothers.

    • Enny says:

      I lol’ed hard at this. I can only hope I’m that awesome when my kids reach their teen-early adult years. 🤣

    • elimaeby says:

      Before my mom passed, she used to tell me “You haven’t gotten to where you are in comedy because you’re the funniest girl in the room. I’ve met funnier women working at the phone company. Your hair, your face, and your boobs got you in the door. You’re welcome for those.”

      Immigrant moms, I tell ya what. They’re a trip and half. He’s cute and I find their relationship so endearing. I hope to see more of him in the future.

  5. Kittycat says:

    Honestly he seems like a great guy who takes care of his mom.

    As for her going with him to meetings I think it’s funny because I would love to be in that position to have some you trust with you all the time.

    I’m also paranoid about losing my stuff so I’d love to be able to have someone remind me.

  6. Common Sense says:

    That’s a good looking man right there, Gorgeous. That’s all I have to say.

  7. Silas Marner says:

    I am a Dorothy who has Rose moments.

    Winston Duke is so tall and handsome.

  8. Lucy says:

    He’s charming! The beard thing was hilarious.

  9. Lala11_7 says:

    My Mama has the EXACT same purple outfit as his Mama…and the EXACT same energy!!!!

    Lawd…have…MERCY! LOL!

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Im not from the Caribbean, I’m from Chicago. And before my Mom got sick she lived with me and my brother (who is still my roommate if you can call a sibling that). And I took her everywhere with me. She even came with me to doctor appointments. She was my best friend. That has been the biggest adjustment and loss for me. My mother is still alive but is very changed and can’t do what she used to and so it’s basically mourning the loss of my best friend. This story made me happy and sad at the same time.

  11. FHMom says:

    I think this is sweet. She will keep him grounded.

  12. Digital Unicorn says:

    “I’m definitely a Blanche with a little Sophia.” Am in love!!!!! LOL

    The Golden Girls has a special place for me – i used to watch it with my mum when growing up.

  13. Ang says:

    I dated a guy whose parent were from T & T and this was true for he and his brother. Actually, at 39/40 I think he still lives in the basement.

  14. Moneypenny says:

    This is hilarious! As SOON as I saw the headline, I said “I didn’t know he was West Indian!” before I even read the story. Yes, this is very true (Jamaican and Bajan here).

  15. Lithe says:

    Haha…I’m from the Caribbean too and much of what he said resonated.

  16. Kristina says:

    If you’ve ever seen the tv show “Person of Interest”, I highly recommend it. It’s on Netflix and it’s fabulous. The first role I ever saw Winston Duke in was as a ruthless kingpin on this show and he absolutely KNOCKED it out of the park. Seriously, his character was straight up chilling. He’s only in about 7 or 8 episodes but he steals every scene. If you’re a fan, totally check him out on this show!