Appearing on the cover of British Vogue, the Westworld actress has revealed that she is going by her birth name again after being incorrectly credited in her first role.
Newton, born Melanie Thandiwe Newton, said there was a mistake in her first debut film where she was credited as “Thandie”, and, after that, she was referred as that in all her works ever since.
‘I Am Taking Back What’s Mine’
She told the magazine that she finally used Thandiwe: “That’s my name. It has always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”
The 48-year-old actor also opened up about her response to allegations that she was a victim of sexual harassment during her teenage years in the showbiz industry.
In June 2016, Newton told W Magazine that there was an alleged incident with her at the age of 16 in the 1991 film Flirting, starring Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.
She alleged the film’s directorfilmed up her skirt during her audition, and later allegedly shared the tapes with his friends at poker games.
She also alleged she was “groomed over weeks” on the set, leading to a separate incident.
“I did not fight him; I almost got struck from fear. It was sexual harassment, ”she said.
“I was 16, and I was a virgin. I have been psychologically groomed for weeks, ”he told the Sunday Times.
Now, in her recent interview, the actress of The Pursuit of Happyness said the incident that allegedly left her left her “traumatized”.
“It was a form of PTSD. I was so distraught and appalled that a director had abused a young actress, and that it was happening elsewhere, minors getting abused and how f***ed up it was. I was basically waiting for someone to come along and say, ‘Well, what shall we do about this?’’’Long Way Yo Go
Newton previously said the incident was part of a reason for her to take part in HBO’s Westworld, where she played a robot who becomes aware of her existence and turns against her creators.
Newton and Evan Rachel Wood have successfully fought for equal pay with their male counterparts back in 2018.
“It wasn’t a celebration. I was disgusted,” she told Vogue of the win, explaining that the industry has a long way to go.
“Even though people know they can talk now, there are still fears of losing their job,” she added.
“I mean literally, people still say, ‘There’s someone else who could take this position, if you’re not happy,’ that kind of sh*t. I do think studio heads need to take much more responsibility.”