LIKE a drama straight from the big screen, Thandiwe Newton’s brilliant career and marriage seem to have imploded at once.
Friends are so worried about him service line starher mental health that have reportedly prompted her to seek urgent help.
It was quickly followed by reports that the 49-year-old actress had split from British screenwriter Ol Parker after 24 years of marriage.
In the days leading up to her departure from the third installment of the male stripper flick, insiders claimed that Thandiwe had been “acting weird on set” and was “always ranting and raving”.
He reportedly kept his two pet rabbits in his London hotel room “for emotional support” and fired his British-based agent, with whom he had worked for three decades.
Thandiwe broke her silence yesterday, posting a photo of vintage underwear on social media with the words: “Do we hate our women?”
It has left fans wondering what could have instigated the shocking sequence of events just two years after the Mission: Impossible 2 actress received an OBE.
Recent interviews point to a troubled soul. The half-British, half-Zimbabwean mother of three has recounted how she suffered “a series of nervous breakdowns” after confronting the two. sexual abuse Y racism throughout his life.
Thandiwe, who reverted to the African spelling of her name last year after previously being called Thandie, was 16 when she was groomed by a 39-year-old film director.
‘Make a contribution’
When I was in my early twenties, I feared I would die after bulimia — the eating disorder Thandiwe first battled as a teenager — reared its ugly head after the pressures of work and an abusive relationship.
Following her award-winning performance in 2004’s Crash, Thandiwe says her audition for the Bond film Casino Royale two years later was thwarted by “stuff that happens in my life.”
And before starring in the hit sci-fi TV series Westworld, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2018, Thandiwe had even considered retiring from acting, saying she wasn’t making a “contribution to the world.”
After being mistreated early in her career, she now refuses to remain silent about the highly disturbing practices of the industry.
They include a director who allegedly misled her about using topless footage taken during an audition and a studio head telling Thandiwe to streamline a black character to make her “more convincing”. She turned down the film role as a result.
Now it appears that the turmoil has taken its toll.
A source told The New York Post: “Thandiwe’s team wants her to go to rehab for mental health support. She was supposed to go immediately to a facility.
“They tried to get her rehabilitated in Malibu, but they couldn’t take her. Arrangements are now being made to go to a facility in Arizona, if she agrees.”
Thandiwe’s team wants her to go to rehab for mental health support.
Born in London to Nyasha, a Zimbabwean princess of the Shona tribe, and British lab technician Nick, Thandiwe has struggled with her identity and her show business.
Her parents lived in Zambia until she was three years old, when political unrest forced the family to return to the UK. They made their home in Cornwall. At her Catholic elementary school, Thandiwe was excluded from the class photo by the nuns for having braids in her hair, and despite being a star student, she never received an award from her dance teacher unlike her lesser classmates. talented.
Harder still was his experience in the movie business as a child star. She once told The Sun: “I had a very difficult time as a teenager in the movie business. It is not a place for young people unless you have your mother by your side all the time, and that is not possible.
Thandiwe has alleged that she was prepared by Australian director John Duigan, who was 23 years her senior, while making her first film, Flirting. During the first Covid lockdown, she told a reporter: “What happened to me was that I had a very complicated relationship with sex.
“It was like I had to give something back for attention. You have predators and sexual abusers, they can smell it from a mile away.”
And she learned that the casting director who filmed her skirt and instructed Thandiwe to touch her breasts during an audition had shared the tape with her friends. She links her mistreatment during her youth to her eating disorder, saying he made her “want to disappear.”
Last year the actress told Vogue magazine: “(In 1996) I was lying in bed, so skinny, and my heart was beating against my rib cage so hard I could see it, and my friend Jessica called. I said, ‘Jessica, I’m worried I’m going to die.
Thandiwe was persuaded to seek help and went to therapy.
‘It was my moment’
Despite turning to Buddhism and learning techniques to deal with her anxieties, the scars of the past never fully healed.
She told online magazine Vulture: “I guess I’ve had a series of breakdowns. I remember going to the audition for the new Bond movie, the first with Daniel Craig.
“I had just done Crash and yes, it was very hot, and it was my moment. And I remember going to that audition and I was so skinny and so messy.”
Despite being the favorite to become a Bond girl, she missed out on the role. Other successful films were passed over because Thandiwe was unhappy with them. One was Charlie’s Angels from 2000 because of racial stereotypes.
While most stars are too scared to publicly name studio bosses, he said the chairman of Sony Pictures amy paschal he told her that the black character was not “believable” because “as written, he has gone to college and has an education.”
And dealing with the “really stressed” Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 2 the same year meant that Thandiwe didn’t return for the third installment in the franchise.
That tension with a co-star seems to have struck again, this time in magic mike 3. A source told The Sun that a fight with Channing over Will Smith Quick chris rock at the Academy Awards last month got so heated that Thandiwe had to drop out of the film.
The crew member stated, “They fell out over the Oscar debacle. It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated: Channing got into this car and disappeared.” Salma Hayek55, has now taken over the role, which will require several days of filming.
His apparent collapse caused so much disruption that it became clear he couldn’t do the part.
The film studio has since said that Thandiwe had decided to “step aside” to “deal with family matters”.
Those matters seem to be of paramount importance. Thandiwe and Ol’s relationship was considered one of the strongest in show business.
They met in 1997 in the TV movie In Your Dreams, written by Ol, and married a year later. She has said, “I was on set every day and fell madly in love with him.” Ol, who also wrote for Grange Hill and directed 2018’s Mama Mia! Here We Go Again tends to stay out of the spotlight.
The couple have three children, daughters Ripley, 21, Dumbo star Nico, 17, and son Booker, eight.
Thandiwe has spoken of putting her children and husband before her own career. She said, “I married him and I value that more than I value becoming a star.”
The couple has not been seen publicly together since the summer of 2020. Thandiwe has recounted how she left the set of the God’s Country movie in Montana, USA, when the pandemic began to isolate her family at their North Montana home. London. But Ol was seen alone outside his £1.5million home this week without his wedding ring.
Leaving a big movie like Magic Mike after several days of shooting is highly unusual and expensive. Last night, Channing had yet to comment on the pair’s alleged fallout.
A source told The New York Post: “Thandiwe had been acting strangely on set. She has been very nervous.
“His apparent collapse caused so much disruption that it became clear he couldn’t do the part. There’s a lot going on in his personal life.”
Fans and friends are hoping that Thandiwe can conquer her demons, just like she has in the past.