Actress Thandie Newton is more comfortable naked.
The 44-year-old, who stars in “Westworld” and British police drama “Line of Duty,” made the startling comment whilst in conversation with “Line of Duty” exec Jed Mercurio.
“I found myself more empowered naked than I did with the saloon outfit on,” she said comparing her nude scenes in HBO hit “Westworld” to the flouncy, busty getup she wears as the sex worker robot Maeve Millay.
“I was more comfortable naked because the costume was the most potent objectification of a woman, with the boobs pushed right up, the tiny waist. It’s an invitation for sex,” she explained. “The fishnet tights, the little heels with the laces… It’s all about sensuality. It’s about eroticism. It’s about ‘Look, but don’t touch.’ It’s all there to make the invitation for sex as provocative as possible and then the promise of satisfaction is practically just there.”
Newton has been outspoken about issues like racism and sexism in the past. She revealed she was sexually abused as a teen early in her acting career by an unnamed male director, who she claims had her touch herself during a callback audition on tape and then played the tape at parties for guests.
The mother-of-three has also confessed to struggling with bulimia while studying anthropology at Cambridge University.
“I was not perceived as the person that boys wanted to go out with. And that has a very strong effect on a young girl,” she said. “I was lying in bed and I remember feeling my heart against my ribcage. Because my ribs were so close to my skin it was like my heart was coming out. I thought, ‘F–k, I’m going to die.’”