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Inside ‘Us’ star Winston Duke’s killer LA home

Winston Duke is dressed in popsicle-adorned PJs, relishing a glorious day at home.

The 32-year-old is slow-grooving to a chilled-out rap mix. He’s making jokes with his mother, Coco, with whom he shares his newly purchased, freshly renovated house in LA’s North Hollywood neighborhood. And he’s fielding 62 new texts from friends who want to make sure he knows that “Us” — Jordan Peele’s latest cerebral horror flick, in which he stars — is suddenly the No. 1 film in America.

The movie is Duke’s first headlining role, after he earned major fan points playing M’Baku in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” And the actor is embracing his moment.

“This is the longest I have been in this house in a month and a half,” Duke tells Alexa from his gray-blue and gold-accented man den, which interior designer Seyie Putsure whipped up just days before, inspired by a suave London club.

“After ‘Black Panther,’ my schedule got so crazy,” he says. “I bought this house last August while I was shooting ‘Us,’ and I didn’t get to move into it. And then I went straight on to shooting ‘Avengers [Endgame]’ and ‘Wonderland’ [his upcoming Netflix mystery film]. I went from Santa Cruz to Atlanta to Boston. I didn’t come home. My friends had to move me out of the one-bedroom apartment I had been in. I have great friends. Shout out to those friends.”

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“I Love Baroque” bathrobe, $595 at Versace; Shirt, $745 at Dolce & Gabbana, 717 Fifth Ave.; “Ken” sweatpants, $140 at Saturdays NYC, 31 Crosby St.; Falke socks, $21 at Amazon.

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Shirt, $995, and “Cady” shorts, $875, both at Dolce & Gabbana;
“Era” shoes, $50 at Vans; Ring with turquoise, $695 at John Hardy, 118 Prince St.; Bracelet, $475 at David Yurman, 114 Prince St.; Tambour Moon Blue GMT watch, $4,850 at Louis Vuitton, 1 E. 57th St.

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Sweater, $2,900 at Gucci, 725 Fifth Ave.; Jogging pants, $1,195 at Dolce & Gabbana; “Rantulow Orlato” sneakers, $795 at Christian Louboutin, 965-967 Madison Ave.; David Yurman bracelet, Duke’s own; Link Calibre 5 watch, $3,000 at TAG Heuer.

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Sweater, $1,100 at Ermenegildo Zegna, 4 W. 57th St.; Trousers, $960 at Thom Browne, 100 Hudson St.; David Yurman bracelet, Duke’s own; Tambour Moon Grey watch, $4,550 at Louis Vuitton, 1 E. 57th St.

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Shirt, $410, and trousers, $960, both at Thom Browne, 100 Hudson St.; Shoes, $225 at Allen Edmonds; David Yurman bracelet, Duke’s own; Tambour Moon Grey GMT watch, $4,550 at Louis Vuitton, 1 E. 57th St.

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Pajama shirt, $1,245, and pants, $1,145, both at Dolce & Gabbana.

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In “Us,” Duke plays Gabe Wilson, an all-American dude who’s killing it. He’s got a beautiful wife (played by co-star Lupita Nyong’o), two kids, a degree from Howard University, a waterfront vacation home and even his own boat. He’s upwardly mobile, happy and loaded with dad jokes. But his wife, Adelaide, is haunted by a seemingly supernatural incident from her childhood. When an exact replica of their family appears outside their front door, dressed in cultish red jumpsuits and armed with menacing golden scissors, the Wilsons are forced to do battle with their own self-image. Literally, since Duke — like the rest of the cast — also plays his own violent, nonverbal doppelganger.

The actor admits that he was never a big fan of horror movies, viewing them as generally hostile toward minorities. “They never represented me,” he says. “The black guy was always the first casualty.” But after watching “The Shining” (on Peele’s recommendation), Duke began to see things differently.

“Getting to know the genre was a big part of it,” he says, adding that he related to the “gentrification” of protagonist Chris Washington in Peele’s previous smash film, “Get Out.” “Like the father in ‘The Shining,’ we created monsters that felt familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.”

But Duke’s dad character (and even, to some degree, his murderous twin) functions more like a comedic pressure-release valve than Jack Nicholson’s libidinal psychopath in “The Shining.”

“[Gabe] is there to speak truth to power and be the audience within the scenario,” Duke explains of his character. “He gets to say, ‘Hide a key? What kind of white s–t is that?’ Like, who hides a key under a flowerpot in front of the apartment where any person who wants to break in can just pick it up? That’s not where we come from. That’s not something that happens in the ‘hood.’ It’s a very privileged thing, and that’s something the audience would say.”

As an immigrant from Tobago — who struggled his way up through a gentrifying Brooklyn to become an Ivy League graduate (he received an MFA from Yale, alongside his future co-star Nyong’o), a Hollywood homeowner and a movie star — Duke recognizes the similarities between his life and his character’s in “Us.”

“I thought the film was an apt metaphor for legacy,” he says. “What legacies are you attached to? Are you prepared to look your legacy in the face and see yourself?”

Duke works with the United Nations and HeForShe on issues surrounding gender equality. He is a loud supporter of Black Lives Matter. He considers himself a civil activist. But when he read the script for “Us,” he was forced to confront the fact that “even though you are woke, it doesn’t absolve you of your sin.”

“This movie put me in a place of realizing that once attached to the problematic constructs of privilege, you become, to some degree, responsible for the sins of those constructs,” he says. “There are people who lose arms and legs trying to get the minerals to make my cellphone that I use for Instagram. I might not be participating intentionally, but I am participating. It indicts all of ‘us.’”

For Duke, being intentional matters, both on set and in his own home.

‘Even though you are woke, it doesn’t absolve you of your sin.’

“Even before ‘Black Panther,’ I turned things down,” he says. “When a role is not tied to healthy, clear cultural conversations, it’s not good. I want all the things that I do to somehow have a social justice footprint. Whether or not I am intentionally part of the conversation, I am. So I might as well be a part of it in an informed way. I think that is part of my duty and responsibility as an artist.”

It’s a duty that doesn’t just live on the screen but runs through every aspect of his personal life. He’s adorned his home with portraits of his heroes, like James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin and Pearl Primus. His bookshelf is stacked with titles such as “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin’s “Collected Essays” and “African Accents” by Beth McGuire — the book he used to study his dialect for “Black Panther.” He collects bold artworks that make statements (a painting by Xiaolu Zhang of a person with a TV head “is a conversation about how media affects us”).

“When I met Winston, he already had an overall concept for his home,” designer Putsure explains. “He wanted the space to feel ‘worldly,’ in the sense of referencing different parts of the world.”

So together they blended European, African, Asian and Caribbean décor, from the Roman fountain on his back patio and Spanish Revival chandelier in the living room to his Indonesian teak coffee table and the African mask on the wall.

“My vibe is who I am,” Duke says. “It’s pretty global because I come from an immigrant background. I loved finding a home that I could elevate to myself. But I’m sharing this moment. It’s not really my house. I think of it as my family’s place, where my mother and my sister can come and feel a sense of ownership and accomplishment with me.”

Since his family left Tobago, “we were never rooted,” he says. “This is the first home purchased by my family in America. That’s why it’s so meaningful to me. It’s a house of dreams for me.”

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Interior designer Seyie Putsure used gray blue and gold-accents in the den.

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Portraits of James Baldwin, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Aretha Franklin and Pearl Primus adorn Duke’s home.

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European, African, Asian and Caribbean décor are blended together.

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Fashion Editor: Serena French; Stylist: Anahita Moussavian; Hair: Christopher LeNeo at The Criterion Group; Makeup: Red

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