Riz Ahmed is having quite the year. In addition to starring in HBO’s just-concluded miniseries The Night Of, the actor is also popping up in Rogue One following a role in Jason Bourne. It has similarly been a big year for Ahmed’s home country of Great Britain, which has been handling the aftermath of the Brexit vote and an ongoing political and cultural debate about the changing face of the country. Ahmed, for his part, told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Monday that he’s become comfortable in his British identity.
“When I was growing up, I felt like I had to qualify it and say I’m British-Pakistani,” Ahmed said. “But now, in this day and age, I feel like this is what British looks like me. It looks like me, like Idris Elba. And hopefully through Nasir Khan, people will see that’s what American can look like as well.”
Ahmed and Colbert’s wide-ranging conversation also touched on Rogue One. Although Ahmed obviously couldn’t say much about the highly-anticipated and highly-secret Star Wars anthology film, he did talk about a bit the filming process.
“We would do these really intense scenes where we would do a scene and then without cutting we’d do it again and again, without stopping,” Ahmed said. “So the whole film has a really intense energy. Partly that’s because of that process, and partly because we never got to break to go to the toilet in that process at all.”
Watch the clip below.