Call her ‘Thandiwe’

British actress Thandie Newton says she is reverting to the original Zimbabwean spelling of her name, Thandiwe, after decades in Hollywood.

Newton, the daughter of a British lab technician and a Zimbabwean princess, told Vogue magazine the spelling—which means “beloved” in the African country›s Shona language and is pronounced «tan-DEE-way”—was changed in the credits for her first acting role, in 1991’s Flirting, when she was just 16.

British actress Thandiwe Newton has long been an activist for women and survivors of sexual violence. 
Now, the 48-year-old Westworld star said, she is changing it back.

“That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” she was quoted as telling the British magazine in her May 2021 cover interview.

Newton, who has long been an advocate for women who have been sexually assaulted, has been outspoken about racist and sexual abuse in Hollywood.

In the Vogue interview Newton said Flirting director John Duigan asked her to “be a bit darker” for the role, and repeated allegations that the then-39-year-old embarked on what she has previously described as a “coerced” sexual relationship with her.

She recalled other derogatory incidents of racism and sexual abuse, including a director who abused her, and then showed footage of the incident to others.

“I was traumatized,” she told the magazine.

Topics: Thandie Newton , Thandiwe , Africa , Shona language , Vogue
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