In a new interview with the British Vogue, Thandive Newton introduces the world to the “v” which was “carelessly” thrown out of her first acting career and which has since continued throughout her professional career. “That’s my name,” Westworld says the actress. “My name has always been. I return what is mine. ” It says Vogue, Thandive means “beloved” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, where Newton’s mother is from. In all future projects, Newton will reportedly get credit for using the correct spelling of his name.
The actress, born Melanie Thandive Newton Parker, also reveals that her decision to speak publicly about her experience with sexual harassment and misconduct in the film industry, including nursing Flirting director John Duigan as a teenager, did not pass without a reaction, at one point Newton fired a publicist “who begged her to stop talking about sexual abuse because it is not good for your reputation.”
Newton says: “There is a moment when my spirit changed, you know, and it was then, it was 16. He completely drove me out of myself. I was traumatized. It must have been a type of PTSD. I was so distraught and appalled that the director abused the young actress and that it was happening somewhere else, the minors were abused and how fucked up it was. I was basically waiting for someone to come up and say, ‘Well, what are we going to do about it?’ “
The God’s land the actress also referred to the confusing recent efforts of female actors to get a sovereign salary for the same work as their male counterparts, as happened to her Westworld costar Evan Rachel Wood back in 2018. “It wasn’t a celebration. I was disgusted, “Newton recalls. “Even though people know they can talk now, there is still a fear of losing their jobs. I mean literally, people keep saying, “There’s someone else who could take this position, if you’re not happy,” such bullshit. I think the heads of studies need to take on a lot more responsibilities. “