“Westworld” star Thandiwe Newton covers the May 2021 issue of British Vogue magazine photographed by Mikael Jansson.
On playing Maeve Millay in the HBO hit sci-fi series Westworld, this year shooting its fourth season: “I can tell when people haven’t watched Westworld because they just think I’m being naked and sexy in it,” Newton says. “But I love how subversive it is. Wherever I position myself now, I don’t want to be part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution. I’m not for hire anymore. I’m not going to speak your story or say your words if I don’t feel they could’ve come from me.”
On no longer being afraid of the red carpet because of how much it reminded her of her invisibility: “The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me. And to not be complicit in the objectification of Black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.”
On all her future films will be credited with Thandiwe Newton, after the W was carelessly missed out from her first credit: Now she’s in control. Many lives lived and she’s come out triumphant, preserved in the magic of the mist and sun that made her, and wanted her to shine. “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”
The May 2021 issue of British Vogue is on newsstands on 9 April.
Cover: Fendi Couture Dress
Image 1: Kenneth Ize Ensemble
Image 2: Duro Olowu Ensemble
[Photo Credit: Mikael Jansson for British Vogue Magazine]
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