As a very human-looking android on HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld, Thandie Newton spent much of the time naked.
And in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Variety’s Actors On Actors series, the British actress spoke about how she’d embraced the nudity required and in fact, found it liberating.
‘It felt like having that fourth baby because it was a moment of such intense self-affirmation, not for me Thandie, but female power,’ said Newton, 44, who gave birth to her third child just weeks before filming started.
Revealing: Thandie Newton spoke about how she felt liberated by the nudity required for her Westworld character in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Variety’s Actors On Actors series
The mother-of-three, who is married to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel screenwriter Ol Parker, said she has never felt that way about a part before.
‘It’s ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I’ve ever done because I said yes to this,’ she explained. ‘I said yes, I will stand here with nothing on and I will speak these words.’
She went on: ‘I was so committed to this character’s trajectory. I felt it had secrets for how we need to survive as a humanity which is to fight for the truth.’
Tough role: ‘It’s ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I’ve ever done because I said yes to this,’ the British actress explained
Female power: Newton, 44, is a mother-of-three and married to British screenwriter Ol Parker. She likened the experience of working on Westworld as akin to having a fourth baby
Newton and Winfrey, who worked together on the 1998 movie Beloved, are featured on one of three special covers of Variety that promote the latest in their Actors On Actors specials.
Also featured are Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, who of course starred together in 2001’s Moulin Rouge.
In the piece, Kidman, 49, talks about transitioning from the big screen tot he small screen and the success of her HBO series Big Little Lies.
‘A decade ago, there wasn’t enough work, right? Because it was just very much film, and then you would go to television as another resort,’ Kidman stated. ‘But now, it’s all mixed in together, and you have exquisite performances and storytelling in many different mediums. I love that.’
Shared their tales: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, who starred together in 2001’s Moulin Rouge, are also featured on one of three special Actors On Actors Variety covers
Meanwhile, McGregor, who recently made his directorial debut with American Pastoral, spoke about how hard it was to spend 18 months of his life on creating a film that nobody went to the cinema to see.
‘People are going to see event movies and horror films. I think now because we’ve got such access to movies, in our living rooms, in our homes, or wherever we are — our phones, with our children’s generation. We put all this time and effort into making these beautiful movies that our kids are going to watch on their iPhone,’ the Scottish star, 46, said.
‘So maybe that changed my thinking a little bit about it as well, that maybe having it seen in a cinema isn’t the be-all and end-all anymore,’ he added.
Learning experience: McGregor spoke about his disappointment that few people went to the cinema to see his directorial debut American Pastoral. a movie he’s very proud of
Another major Hollywood actress who recently transitioned to a high profile role on television is Michelle Pfeiffer.
And the 59-year-old, who starred as Ruth Madoff opposite Robert De Niro in HBO’s The Wizard Of Lies, sat down with Sarah Jessica Parker to talk about the opportunities opening up for female artists on the small screen.
The former Sex &The City star returned to HBO was producer and star of the dark comedy Divorce and agreed with Pfeiffer that television offers a perfect medium for women who want to work while raising their children.
Swapping stories: Michelle Pfeiffer, who returned to acting as Ruth Madoff in The Wizard Of Lies, caught up with Sarah Jessica Parker to talk about being a working mom in television