Spotlight on actress Naomie Harris
The British actress stars in the monster action flick Rampage
Rampage is in SA cinemas now.
OWNING THE ACTION She initially baulked at the idea of doing a monster movie but Naomie (41) quickly fell in love with her character, engineer Dr Kate Caldwell. “I didn’t expect it to be my kind of movie at all, but it moved me. I loved the idea of playing Kate. She’s intelligent and capable and fun – all the kind of things I look for in a character.”
Even though she’s done a few action flicks – including two James Bond movies – she says nothing comes close to the “insane” action in Rampage. NOT JUST A JOB She played Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, James Bond’s Moneypenny, and a crack-addict mom in Moonlight, earning her an Oscar nomination. She also has a recurring role as a witch in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. “I aim to play progressive roles that really help people to understand and have insight into one another, into life and into relationships,” she says. Queen Elizabeth awarded her an OBE last year for her services to drama. CELEB CRUSH She’s private about her love-life and it’s unclear whether she’s single. She was last linked to fellow Brit Peter Legler in 2016 and dated 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in the 2000s. The most she’s gushed about a man was when she declared her adoration for Will Smith, her co-star in Collateral Beauty. “I’m completely in love with him. He’s incredible – he’s the nicest man I’ve ever worked with!” SOUND ADVICE When Naomi was 19, actress Dawn French told her to grow a thick skin to survive the acting industry. “She was 100% right! No matter how successful you become you’ll still encounter rejection.” Naomie says to survive you must protect the sensitivity and openness you need to act and not take rejection personally. “Have courage and keep picking yourself up and go for auditions no matter what.” SOURCES: COLLIDER.COM, JOBLO.COM, VOGUE.CO.UK, INDIEWIRE.COM