She believes she was ‘ostracised’ for speaking up against sexual abuse in Hollywood.
And Thandie Newtown has opened up about being an advocate for women in film for two decades and recently feeling shunned by the Time’s Up movement.
The 45-year-old spoke candidly to News Corp on Sunday about balancing her outspoken feminism with her role as a controversial brothel owner on Westworld.
The London-born actress described being sexually mistreated during an audition with an unnamed director when she was 18 years old.
‘Who wants to be the first person to say, “This man raped me, and he is also the head of a studio, or he is a director?” That’s hard,’ she recalled.
She explained how speaking out about her own incident and the rampant abuse in Hollywood ‘ostracised’ her from not only the acting community, but her family also.
‘I felt if there was one girl whose family was thinking about putting their child into show business, that would help them decide. That was all I cared about,’ she said.
Her seasoned advocacy for women in Hollywood left Thandie feeling shut out when she wasn’t invited to be part of Time’s Up, a moment she describes as ‘very painful’.
‘I wasn’t hot enough. I wasn’t mainstream enough and I wasn’t going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a renaissance in my career,’ she stated.
The Westworld star also touched on the challenges of playing a madam named Maeve Millay in the HBO sci-fi series.
She acknowledged the character might be viewed as problematic as her primary function is to get ‘young women ****** again and again and murdered and raped’.
But she also prided herself on her reputation as a veteran actress and delivering multi-faceted roles that ‘portray women with more than one dimension’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail