The public has known her as Thandie Newton for over 30 years. Now the Westworld the actress revealed that it was not her real name. His real name is Thandiwe Newton.
Newton’s full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton. Thandiwe is pronounced “tan-DEE-way” and it means “beloved”. In an interview with British Vogue, she revealed that her name was misspelled in the credits of her first film in 1991, Flirt who co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor. As a result, Thandie Newton was stuck for more than three decades. It’s unclear how she waited so long to revert to the actual spelling of her name – but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that we now call him Thandiwe Newton.
“What I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of other people who really see me,” Newton said in the interview with British Vogue. “And not to be complicit in the objectification of blacks as ‘others’, which happens when you are the only one.”
Newton continued, “It’s my name. It’s always been my name. I take back what is mine.
The Emmy-winning actress has become a staunch advocate on many fronts. In the British Vogue article, he mentions his involvement in the African American Policy Forum and the #sayhername campaign founded by his friend Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality”. Newton is also a board member of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, which supports women survivors of sexual violence in Congo with the City of Joy project. She also helped found One Billion Rising, which campaigns to end violence against women. She was also awarded the OBE in 2018 for her contributions to charity and film. “We can make a difference,” she said.