Thandie Newton, the British BAFTA winning actress, is about to make her stage debut in a West End run of 'Death and the Maiden' at the Harold Pinter theatre. Speaking to the UK's Guardian newspaper, Newton discussed the differences between shooting movies and working on a lengthy theatre run.
The 38-year-old explained, "It's such a great part and the opportunity to play a role from start to finish.Acting on a film is like having to interrupt peeing or an orgasm. Literally having to uggh.start and stop". The actress, who in the past has starred opposite Tom Cruise and Will Smith, plays political prisoner Paulina in Jeremy Herrin's production. The actress acknowledges she had to wait until 2005 - when she scooped a Bafta for her performance in 'Crash' - to gain considerable attention in the UK, saying, "I don't think people ever really knew where I was from before, so they assumed I wasn't British". Newton, who is married to writer and director Ol Parker, discussed the heavy commitment of a West End theatre run, saying, "I was feeling smug at the start of the summer as he (Parker) was working really long hours and I was taking the kids off to Ibiza. Now I'm tired, it's such a marathon".
Newton's next appearance on screen comes in Tyler Perry's romantic-comedy 'Good Deeds', about an affluent man who develops feelings for a single mother. The movie also stars Gabrielle Union and Perry himself.