The 49-year-old is ready to play a grieving Black professor who confronts two white hunters on her property in upcoming movie God’s Nation.
However she has revealed that she was hesitant to painting the character over fears she wasn’t dark-skinned sufficient for the function.
“My internalised prejudice was stopping me from feeling like I may play this function when it’s exactly that prejudice that I’ve acquired,” she informed Sky Information.
“Doesn’t matter that it’s from African-American girls greater than anybody else, doesn’t matter. I acquired prejudice. Anybody who’s acquired oppression and prejudice feels this character.”
The Westworld star had tears rolling down her cheeks as she added that “she needed to apologise daily to darker-skinned actresses”.
“To say, ‘I’m sorry that I’m the one chosen. My mama seems such as you. My mother seems such as you,” she stated.
“It’s been very painful to have girls appear to be my mother really feel like I’m not representing them. That I’m taking from them. Taking their males, taking their work, taking their fact. I didn’t imply to.”
God’s Nation has been tailored from a brief story by James Lee Burke – however has swapped the lead character from an older white man right into a black girl.
It marks the primary time Newton will use her start title Thandiwe following years of being often known as Thandie in Hollywood.
“I acquired to vary it again, which truly might be extra highly effective,” she stated. “So I’m glad that they robbed it for a quick, transient couple of a long time.
“And I like the truth that it’s God’s Nation that’s the first undertaking that has my title, you recognize. Truthfully, I used to be like, that is my final film… I don’t have to say the rest, actually.”
God’s Nation debuted on the Sundance Movie Pageant, and is awaiting a distribution companion for a full launch.