Thandiwe Newton was 'utterly derailed from herself' by an abuser at 16

Thandiwe Newton believes she has ‘a seventh sense for abuse and abusers’ after she was ‘utterly derailed from herself’ at the age of 16 by a director… as actress ‘takes back’ her REAL name

Thandiwe Newton has spoken candidly about the abuse she received as a young actress in Hollywood in the latest issue of Vogue.

The British star, 48, has also declared she is ‘taking back’ her name, after a misspelling in her first acting credit lumbered her with ‘Thandie’ instead of actual name ‘Thandiwe’, forcing her to go by the wrong moniker for her entire career.

Speaking about her past abuse, the actress tells Vogue: ‘There’s a moment where the ghost of me changed, you know. And it was then, [I] was 16.’

Candor: Thandie Newton has spoken candidly about the abuse she received as a young actress in Hollywood in the latest issue of Vogue

Of her abuser, she goes on: ‘He derailed me from myself utterly. I was traumatised. It was a kind of PTSD for sure.

‘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**ked up it was.

‘I was basically waiting for someone to come along and say, “Well, what shall we do about this?”

‘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.’

Rebirth: The British star, 48, has also declared she is ‘taking back’ her name, after a misspelling in her first acting credit lumbered her with ‘Thandie’ instead of actual name ‘Thandiwe’, forcing her to go by the wrong moniker for her entire career

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Of her abuser, she said: ‘He derailed me from myself utterly. I was traumatised. It was a kind of PTSD for sure’ [pictured March 2020]

Of the situation surrounding her name, she goes on: ‘[Thandiwe is] my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.’

The Line Of Duty star will be known as such in all future credits, and said of her acting career: ‘I find that acting takes more and more away from me because I’m more connected to myself than I’ve ever been, whereas before I was delighted to get an excuse to go off to another personality.

‘I couldn’t wait to get away from myself, truly, I had such low self-esteem. Acting was where I felt whole.’

The apple doesn’t fall: The star’s youngest daughter, Nico, is already four years into her own acting career, with lead parts in The Third Day and Dumbo [pictured with Danny DeVito and Colin Farrell in the latter]

The star’s youngest daughter, Nico, is already four years into her own acting career, with lead parts in Dumbo and The Third Day.

Coming soon: The full feature is in the May issue of British Vogue from Friday 9th April

Of the 16-year-old’s burgeoning career, the mother-of-three said: ‘I went to every photoshoot with her. If there was an issue with the photographer, if there was any appropriate language I was on it, I didn’t give a f**k what anyone thought.

‘When it was time for her to get an agent, I spent a month auditioning for one, even though I knew half of them.’

Newton is one of the stars of dystopian TV series Westworld, playing madam of Sweetwater Maeve Millay.

‘I can tell when people haven’t watched Westworld because they just think I’m being naked and sexy in it,’ she says. ‘But I love how subversive it is.

‘Wherever I position myself now, I don’t want to be part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution. I’m not for hire anymore. I’m not going to speak your story or say your words if I don’t feel they could’ve come from me.’

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

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