Thandie Newton likens Westworld nude scenes to 'having a baby'
Thandie Newton felt the nudity was integral to her character Maeve Millay's story.
Thandie Newton has likened shooting nude scenes for her TV show Westworld to having a baby.
The 44-year-old actress has stripped off on more than one occasion on the hit HBO series, but the fear of getting naked doesn't decrease, with Thandie comparing it to giving birth as she chatted to Oprah Winfrey for Variety magazine's Actors on Actors series.
"You know what it felt like? It felt like having that fourth baby because it was a moment of such intense self-affirmation, not for me, Thandie, but female power," she explained. "I hadn't felt like that before. And it's ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I've ever done because I said yes to this. I said, 'Yes, I will stand here with nothing on and I will speak these words'."
Thandie plays Maeve Millay in the revolutionary programme, and added that she felt the nudity was integral to her character's story.
"I was so committed to this character's trajectory," she mused. "I felt that it had secrets to how we need to survive as a humanity, which is to fight for the truth."
Filming for the show began shortly after Thandie had given birth to her son Booker, with husband Ol Parker. She was breastfeeding at the time and wasn't worried about how she looked on screen given that she'd just had a baby and still had her "creepy belly".
"I'm like, 'OK, I'm going to stand naked and just do this thing," she continued. "I hadn't been to the gym and, for me, it wasn't about looking a certain way. It was about having the courage to stand there naked and do this stuff."
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