Thandiwe Newton, the acclaimed actress formerly known as Thandie Newton, is going back to her roots.
The 48-year-old “Westworld” star has had a long career on big and small screens and has always been known as Thandie – but in the end, that’s not her birth name .
From now on, the star will go through Thandiwe, she revealed in a new interview with British Vogue.
Newton began dropping the “W” from her name when she was in school in an effort to minimize discrimination against her as a young black girl.
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Once she entered show business, the letter was mistakenly omitted from her name on her first credit. Her first credit listed on IMDb is the 1991 film “Flirting”, in which she is credited as Thandie.
The “W” was also missing from all of his subsequent credits.
“It’s my name. It’s always been my name, ”she says. “I’m taking back what’s mine.”
The name means “beloved” in the Zimbabwean language of Shona. His mother is from the African nation.
The pronunciation of his name has not been clarified. Traditionally, the name is pronounced tan-DEE-way.
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The misspelling of her name wasn’t the only struggle she had while playing opposite Nicole Kidman in “Flirting,” however, as the film’s director John Duigan reportedly asked if she could return. his skin “a little darker”.
Newton said she spent a weekend sunbathing and using coconut oil.
“I have the part. The colourism just got the funniest,” she said. “I’ve been too Black, not Black enough. I’m still Black. I’m just like, what do you want!”
According to USA Today, the Emmy winner previously accused Duigan of grooming and sexually abusing her when she was 16 and 39.
Duigan could not be reached immediately for comment.
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From his days in “Flirting”, Newton has become a force in Hollywood, winning a BAFTA for his performance on “Crash” and an Emmy for his work on “Westworld”.
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She also starred in high profile films like “Mission: Impossible II”, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, “W.” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, making her the first black woman to have a major role in the franchise. Most recently, she lent her voice to the adult cartoon “Big Mouth”.
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