Is it true that Naomie Har­ris, who’s ter­rific in Moon­light, al­most turned down the role? —Danielle D., Mi­ami, Fla.

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

A: Yes. Har­ris made a prom­ise to her­self at the be­gin­ning of her ca­reer that she would por­tray only pos­i­tive women, like her roles in Spectre and Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom. The Lon­don-born ac­tress, 40, felt there were enough stereo­types about black women, so the role of the drug-ad­dicted mother of a young black man strug­gling to dis­cover his iden­tity in a tough neigh­bor­hood in Mi­ami didn’t ap­peal to her. “I re­ally didn’t want to do it [at first], but I loved the script,” she says. Now Moon­light is gath­er­ing steam as a se­ri­ous Os­car con­tender.

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