Actress Thandiwe Newton returns to her Zimbabwean birth name: 'I'm taking back what's mine'
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Thandiwe Newton, known throughout her acting career as Thandie Newton, said her future projects will be crediting her by her Zimbabwean birth name.

“That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” Newton, who was born in the U.K. and whose mother is Zimbabwean, said in a recent interview with Vogue magazine

Newton told the magazine about her decision to reclaim the true spelling of her name, which translates in Shona to beloved, while discussing race in the film industry.


According to the magazine, the actress went on to be known as Thandie after her name was incorrectly spelled in the first credit she received.

“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me,” she said. “And to not be complicit in the objectification of Black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.”

During the interview, the star opened up about some of the uncomfortable experiences involving race that she's has faced in the film industry over the years.

In one instance, Newton revealed that a South African Hollywood Foreign Press Association journalist asked her during the release for “Beloved,” “Will you sign my magazine in African?”

“I have a seventh sense for abuse and abusers, which I believe is one of the reasons why I was rejected a lot in Hollywood. I’ll talk about it until the cows come home, because I know I’ll be helping someone,” Newton said. 

She also discussed a time when she said she was casted for Charlie’s Angels, which was released in 2000. Newton said she quit the film after Amy Pascal, former head of Sony Pictures, made racist comments about how a Black female character should be portrayed as attractive but not college-educated.

According to Vogue, Pascal has said she does not remember the remarks. 

Actress Lucy Liu reportedly replaced Newton in the film. In the picture, Liu portrayed Alex Munday, who was depicted as a genius in the film.