Thandie Newton Actors on Actors

Why Shooting 'Westworld' Nude Scenes Empowered Thandie Newton

“Westworld” star Thandie Newton compared shooting nude scenes on the HBO show to having a fourth baby, while talking with Oprah Winfrey during Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” series.

Newton, who plays android host Maeve Millay, had given birth to her third child just five months ago when she began filming the show, and she said the impact of the moment was less about looking a certain way and more about having the courage to do it. She said she felt more in control while playing the role than she ever had before.

“It felt like having that fourth baby because it was a moment of such intense self-affirmation, not for me Thandie, but female power,” she said. “I hadn’t felt like that before. And it’s ironic that I was standing there stark naked for a lot of it because I felt more in control than I’ve ever done because I said yes to this.”

The interview will air in its entirety on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, presented by Shutterstock, which premieres June 13 on PBS SoCal.

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