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Thandiwe Newton reveals we’ve been spelling her name wrong for 30 years and we are shook

Thandiwe Newton is reclaiming the original spelling of her first name (Picture: FilmMagic for HBO)

Thandiwe Newton has surprised us all by revealing her name has been spelt wrong for, y’know, a casual 30 years. 

The actress, formerly known as Thandie Newton, has announced she is proudly reclaiming her original name after it was misspelt in the credits of her first movie in 1991.

When she was a little known actress, Thandiwe happened to play a character of the same name in Flirting. However, while the character was correctly listed as ‘Thandiwe’, the actress herself was credited as ‘Thandie’ and she simply chose not to correct it going forward.

Reflecting on the blunder, Thandiwe told Vogue magazine: ‘That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.’

This is truly on Jason ‘Deruleaux’ and ‘Orpah’ Winfrey levels of OMG.

In the interview, Thandiwe also recalled her rise to fame and the abuse she suffered while trying to make it in Hollywood at a young age.

The Crash actress revealed: ‘There’s a moment where the ghost of me changed, you know. And it was then, I was 16. He derailed me from myself utterly. I was traumatised. It was a kind of PTSD for sure.

Thandiwe graces the cover of Vogue’s May issue (Picture: Mikael Jansson, British Vogue)

The actress says she suffered PTSD after suffering abuse from a Hollywood director at a young age (Picture: Mikael Jansson/British Vogue)

‘I was so distraught and appalled that a director had abused a young actress, and that it was happening elsewhere, minors getting abused and how f****d up it was. I was basically waiting for someone to come along and say, “Well, what shall we do about this?”’

The 48-year-old continued: ‘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.’

Fortunately, Thandiwe was able to overcome the rejection to become one of the most successful Black British blockbuster stars with roles in Mission: Impossible 2, Westworld, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2012 and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Thandiwe will next be seen in Reminiscence alongside Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson. The sci-fi drama will follow a private investigator who uncovers a violent conspiracy while helping his clients recover lost memories.

The film is set for release on August 21 in the UK.

See the full feature in the May issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday April 9.


Credit: Original article published here.

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