I remember growing up not knowing [bisexuality] was a thing, feeling very confused, feeling very alone. So that is one of the reasons why I came out publicly, to help another struggling 12 year old who is terrified – just to let them know it’s okay and that it is very real. Your trials and tribulations are just as real as anybody else’s.
Thandie Newton photographed for Jones Magazine by Tae Alvon (January 2017)
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Lisa Joy, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jimmi Simpson, Roberto Patino attend “Westworld"panel at The Paley Center For Media’s 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
When you go through this process, another thing you condition yourself to is not having all of the answers. In a movie, you read the whole script. Sure, sometimes you change things as you film, the dialogue is altered here and there. This is sort of an open-ended adventure where you don’t know exactly where you’re going. You’re told some of the main details, but not everything. I waited with bated breath to see what his fate was as well. It’s exciting, because it keeps you on your toes.
Thandie Newton attends The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Annual Nominees Night to celebrate Emmy Award contenders at Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio on September 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Because, first and foremost, I’m born and raised in Japan, I do feel like I have essentially a Japanese spirit. Every time I’ve portrayed a Japanese character in a foreign film, it’s felt like a privilege to be able to express the uniqueness of Japan to an international audience.