The “Westworld” actress sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. Thandie seemed ready to speak her truth and had no issue calling out powerful people for their past bad behavior.
She set the tone of the interview with the quote, “So careful what you do, everybody. Because you might find yourself fucking over a little brown girl at the beginning of a career, when no one knows who she is, and no one gives a fuck. She might turn out to be Thandie Newton.”
At one point, Thandie talks about turning down a role in the 2000 remake of “Charlie’s Angels” which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Lui. Thandie detailed a meeting with the former Sony head Amy Pascal where they discussed the role. The actress says Amy wanted to include sexualized scenes to play up black stereotypes, which she wasn’t about to do.
Thandie described having a “number of breakdowns” after starring in the hit film Crash. She says around this time she agreed to be in “Norbit” with Eddie Murphy. She said, “Oh my God. Eddie Murphy. They made me jump through hoops for it, too. “Can you really be funny?” People love Norbit, though.”