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Thandie Newton Won't Let Anything Hold Her Back

Like many actors seeking more ambitious work in Hollywood, Thandie Newton now comes to television, playing the madam Maeve Millay in HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld, which premieres in the fall. Here, the English actress talks about why she's excited about the role.

Released on 7/1/2016

Credits

Starring: Thandie Newton

Transcript

00:00
Are there any other historical characters
00:02
that I would like to play?
00:03
(exhales)
00:07
I would love to play
00:10
an animal, from movies
00:14
like Crystal the monkey, but not,
00:15
but from way back,
00:17
and have it from the animal's point of view.
00:20
Just because I love the idea of just—
00:23
I want to be able to play a man,
00:24
I want to be able to play a person with light skin,
00:27
I want to be able to play an old person.
00:30
I just think that the more we can mash ourselves together,
00:33
and just swap identities,
00:35
and just recognize that we are all the same.
00:38
I really love the fact that in film,
00:41
we have an opportunity the influence the public
00:44
and influence people to be more compassionate,
00:47
more tolerant, so whatever I could do in playing
00:49
a figure from the past that isn't black
00:53
or isn't a woman, just to sort of
00:56
promote this idea that we are all one,
00:58
we are all the same consciousness.