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Thandie Newton on Being Biracial


The UK Daily Mail asked Thandie "How do you feel about being mixed-race?" Here's a snippet from her answer:

"My dad, Nick, an artist, is British, but my mum, Nyasha, is a princess of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. In Britain she worked as a district nurse, but she retained that incredible African dignity and poise...

In some ways I'd say I come from Africa, but then I don't speak my mother's language, and in other ways I'm British through and through. I suppose I've never completely fitted in in either place."

She definitely fits in with amazing co-stars like Idris Elba and Gerard Butler. She did a fantastic job in Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness and from what everyone tells me Flirting. I also enjoyed her in The Truth About Charlie (I'm a big fan of the original Charade). Next up, she'll be in the apocalyptic sci-fi flick 2012.



[Hat tip Mulatto Diaries]

29 comments:

Renee said...

I first noticed her in Mission Impossible 2 because I didn't know who she was... then when I saw Beloved (again) it looked like her through all that hair! Now I know, she must have gotten that royal poise from her mother.

Lisa ~ Urban Native Girl said...

I love Thandie Newton - she is gorgeous and just seems like a really sweet person. Oh yeah and an amazing actress - I like that answer about being bi-racial - never really fitting in anywhere. Halle Berry also has a lot to say about being bi-racial.

JacqueRoxx said...

She is SO beautiful! and talented!

Karen said...

I'm a big fan of the smoky eyes look with glossy natural lips. She does a super job of putting that together.

8thlight said...

I wonder if she considers herself to be black or not? Seems like more and more biracial people seem to be distancing themselves from their black half/heritage.

It was nice to see her on the ER finale.

Noelani said...

I'll be honest as the years go by, I'm not a big fan of Halle Berry, but I think she's gorgeous.

I would not put her in the same stratosphere as the lovely Thandie Newton. I appreciate Thandie's honesty, and how she spoke of her mother and father--her heritage, seemed more in the positive rather than negative. If I had an example for my daughter of a well-adjusted biracial woman in the spotlight, it would be her.

She owns her Queendom.

Rain said...

She is a great actress & that great that she embraces both of the cultures that make her Thandie Newton.

Karen said...

8thlight, I don't think biracial people in general are distancing themselves from one ethnicity but instead embracing all of their roots and/or multiculturalism. The two aren't mutually exclusive. But I can only speak for myself.

Yvonne said...

Thandie is one of my favorite actress. She always so elegant and of course gorgeous!

Karen said...

And let's not forgot the British accent. Very cool.

8thlight said...

@Karen

I understand what you mean, but I definitely don't seem to be running into that online or in my travels. There definitely seems to be a distancing in my opinion.

I just tend to see people talking about their non-black heritage and not really acknowledging their black heritage.

I guess there seem to be a rise of Jennifer Beals & a decline on Halle Berry(s). lol

Issa Rae said...

Wait, Jennifer Beal is of mixed race?

8thlight said...

@Issa Rae

Yup! . . . and that's exactly my point. lol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Beals

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