July 1, 2016


Thandie Newton Opens Up About Sexual Abuse in Early Audition

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Thandie Newton is well known for her powerful roles in movies like Crash and For Colored Girls. In a recent interview with W, Newton spoke about a disturbing experience she had early in her acting career while auditioning.

Although Newton doesn’t name the director, her story serves as a warning to many aspiring actors and actresses. Newton goes into detail remembering:

“A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my tits and think about the guy making love to me in the scene. I thought, ‘Ok, this is a little weird,’ but there was a female casting director in the room and I’d done weird stuff before so I did it.”

It wasn’t until many years later when a producer at a film festival drunkenly said, “Oh, Thandie, I’ve seen you recently!” that Newton discovered what became of that audition tape. Her husband confronted the man and discovered that the director was showing the audition tape to friends after poker games at his house. “And they would all get off on it,” Newton said in the interview.

Unfortunately, Newton’s experience isn’t uncommon in Hollywood. Newton now has two daughters of her own, and realizes that it’s important to prepare children for what is out there. She hopes that by opening up it helps others from being sexually abused by directors.