“Out in LA, you have to make an effort to look outside that little microcosm.It’s almost like it’s a virtual reality to imagine a problem there.” She laughs.
Thandie Newton accompanies every anecdote with a series of tiny, kinetic-like movements and a tinkle of jewellery.
Wired by an excess of feeling, she talks fast, eyes wide beneath the perfect circumflexes of her brows, stopping every so often to apologise for “gabbling”.
Whereas many actresses might embrace the insularity and frivolities of the single-industry city, the 41-year-old Bafta-winning star of The Pursuit of Happyness, Mission: Impossible II, Crash and Half of a Yellow Sun has always operated on a loftier plane, spending as much, if not more, time on human-rights activism as she does on her career.
“I love how close you are to current affairs and social issues here in England,” she says.
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