Thandiwe Newton has finally corrected her name's spelling after decades.
Thandiwe Newton, a British actress, is finally correcting the record after being wrongly credited in her first film role.
Thandiwe Newton is "reclaiming what is hers."
The Westworld actress revealed on the cover of British Vogue that she is reverting to her birth name after being wrongly credited in her first role.
Newton, born Melanie Thandiwe Newton, said that her first film, in which she was credited as "Thandie," and subsequent roles, contained an error.
She explained to the magazine that she had actually adopted Thandiwe as her given name: "That is my given name." That has always been my given name. I am reclaiming what is mine.”
The 48-year-old actress also discussed the reaction to her allegations of sexual harassment during her adolescent years in the industry.
Newton revealed to W Magazine in June 2016 that an incident happened when she was sixteen years old on the set of the 1991 film Flirting, which also starred Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.
She said the film's director filmed up her skirt during her audition and later shared the tapes at poker games with his friends.
Additionally, she said she was "groomed for weeks" on set, which resulted in a separate incident.
“I didn't fight him off; fear nearly paralyzed me. It was a case of sexual abuse,” she asserted.
“I was sixteen years old and a virgin. I'd been mentally groomed for weeks," she claimed in a Sunday Times interview.
Today, in a recent interview, the actress for The Pursuit of Pleasure says the alleged incident left her "traumatized."
“It was definitely a case of post-traumatic stress disorder. I was devastated and appalled that a producer had raped a young actress, that it was happening elsewhere, that minors were being abused, and how messed up everything was. I was essentially waiting for somebody to come along and say, 'How about this?"
Newton previously stated that the event played a role in her decision to join HBO's Westworld, in which she portrays a robot who becomes aware of her presence and rebels against her creators.
Newton and co-star Evan Rachel Wood secured an equal pay battle with their male counterparts in 2018.
“It was not a festive day. I was disgusted,” she told Vogue of the triumph, pointing out that the industry still has a long way to go.
“Even though people are conscious they can speak out now, the fear of losing their job persists,” she said.
“I mean literally, people always say things like, 'There is someone else who could fill this spot if you are unhappy,' and other such nonsense. I assume studio heads should bear a greater share of responsibility.”