British-Zimbabwean actress Thandie Newton looks dazzling on the cover of The Sunday Times magazine photographed by Simon Emmett in a black dress with criss-cross detailing and her blonde locks. Inside in the five-page interview, she speaks to Katie Glass about sexism in Hollywood, her rise to fame and lack of representation in British film.
The Westworld actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her spectacular performance alogsinde Anthony Hopkins in the dystopian drama, also opens up about her past, her family and her plans for retirement.
We will next see the actress is the Star Wars spin-off Hans Solo due out next year and as a guest star in the BBC 1 series Line of Duty.
On lack of representation in British film
“I love being here, but I can’t work, because I can’t do Downton Abbey, can’t be in Victoria, can’t be in Call the Midwife – well, I could but I don’t want to play someone who’s been racially abused. I’m not interested in that, don’t want to do it… there just seems to be a desire for stuff about the royal family, stuff from the past, which is understandable, but it just makes it slim pickings for the people of colour.”
On her early work
“I’m not proud of everything I’ve done. There are some things I regret, but I was naive.”
“The robots represent the oppressed, whether that’s people in the Third World, dirt-poor employees in China, human trafficking, sex trafficking, the ‘have-nots’ being ruled over by those who have. The context they created with Western and robots would attract an audience that wouldn’t necessarily want to be preached to.”
“A lot of problems that women face are because the idea of ‘male’ and ‘masculinity’ is wrong… It’s a cookie-cutter idea we all have to fit into certain roles. Where is the freedom to be able to make those choices? Where is the education to be able to discover who you are?”