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Singer Per­rie Ed­wards says her re­la­tion­ship with boyfriend and foot­baller Alex Oxladecham­ber­lain is not go­ing through a cri­sis. Ru­mours about their fall out emerged af­ter the cou­ple both re­mained silent on so­cial me­dia in the mid­dle of Alex’s foot­ball trans­fer to Liver­pool FC. How­ever, Ed­wards has de­nied any such claims and has said she is proud of him, re­ports Dai­ly­ The cou­ple have been to­gether since Novem­ber 2016, are pre­pared to work harder for their now long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship. Per­rie is “proud” of Alex’s ca­reer move. She says, “I don’t think it will be dif­fi­cult. It’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent — but that’s not a prob­lem. We’ll be fine. I’m just re­ally happy for him and very proud.”

English ac­tor Thandie New­ton, star of pop­u­lar films like The Pur­suit of Hap­py­ness, Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble 2, and Crash, has been nom­i­nated for an Emmy award in the cat­e­gory of Out­stand­ing Sup­port­ing Ac­tress in a Drama Se­ries for her role as Maeve Mil­lay in Amer­i­can sci­ence fic­tion show, West­world. In an in­ter­view, New­ton dis­cusses the show, her love for sci-fi se­ries and more. Ex­cerpts:

What at­tracted you to West­world? The first time I met Jonathan [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy], I was like, lis­ten guys, I’m in­trigued by this be­cause Jonathan is bril­liant. But then I read the pi­lot and I had to say, sorry, but it feels like there are sit­u­a­tions of sex­ual vi­o­lence and ac­tual vi­o­lence. But I knew that with th­ese two, there had to be a pur­pose be­hind it.

Have you al­ways been a fan of sci-fi and west­erns, as gen­res? I never thought I was a sci-fi fan. But then, Jonathan and Lisa asked me if I had seen any Ser­gio Leone films. So there I was, watch­ing Once Upon A Time in the West, and it was ex­quis­ite. It was a great les­son about my own in­tol­er­ance, and it was a lovely step into West­world.

They didn’t give us all the scripts at once. We had to think about the au­di­ence. THANDIE NEW­TON, AC­TOR

How did you pre­pare for a se­ries that doesn’t shy away from is­sues of sex and vi­o­lence? When I read the pi­lot script, there was so much that I was hor­ri­fied by – the vi­o­lence, the de­prav­ity. But the whole point of it is to shock us into the aware­ness that this is what we do to each other. You have to es­tab­lish the de­prav­ity, show the ex­treme of what we can do to each other, so you can then com­ment on it.

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