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Thandie Newton: "Call me by my name!"

Audiences have known her as Thandie Newton for over 30 years. Now, the Westworld actress has revealed that is not her real name. Her real name is Thandiwe Newton.

Newton’s full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton. Thandiwe is pronounced “tan-DEE-way” and it means “beloved”. In an interview with British Vogue, she revealed that her name was misspelled in the credits of her first film in 1991, Flirting which co-starred Nicole Kidman and Noah Taylor. As a result, Thandie Newton has stuck for over three decades. It’s not known why she waited so long to revert to the real spelling of her name — but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we refer to her as Thandiwe Newton from here on out.

“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me,” said Newton in the interview with British Vogue. “And to not be complicit in the objectification of Black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one.”

Newton continued, “That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”

The Emmy-winning actress has become an outspoken advocate on numerous fronts. In the British Vogue article, it mentions her involvement in the African American Policy Forum and the #sayhername campaign founded by her friend Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality”. Newton is also a board member of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, which supports women survivors of sexual violence in Congo with the City of Joy project. She also helped establish One Billion Rising which campaigns to end violence against women. She was also awarded the OBE in 2018 for her contributions to charity and film. “We can make a difference,” she said.

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by Anonymousreply 4804/08/2021

I don't think this was necessary. Thandie is better.

by Anonymousreply 104/05/2021

Why she all act like someone stripped her of her fucking real name? She coulda fixed the problem 30 years ago. I'm calling her Melanie from now on.

by Anonymousreply 204/05/2021

With all due respect, ma’am, I’ve got problems of my own.

by Anonymousreply 304/05/2021

Thandiwe is clumsy. Thandie is better.

by Anonymousreply 404/05/2021

She and her management knew damn well what they were doing by going by Thandie, she can shove her reclaiming bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 504/05/2021

Good for her for advocating for these causes.

But this 'reclaiming' is BS. What is she campaigning for?

by Anonymousreply 604/05/2021

R2 and R5 are right. Take a look at IMDB any time and you'll see tons of actors whose names were misspelled and it didn't stick. "Gerald McCluskey (as Gerald McClusky)" and the like. And if it was just a misspelling, that is not oppression. It was on her and her management to correct the error with the next film.

by Anonymousreply 704/05/2021

Dionne Warrick was changed into Dionne Warwick because of a printing error on her first record. She liked "Warwick" better, so she kept the changed spelling.

by Anonymousreply 804/05/2021

Jesus christ,could she look any whiter ???

by Anonymousreply 904/05/2021

[quote]I don't think this was necessary. Thandie is better.

I agree. It's got and energy about it.

[quote]“That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine.”

Sweetie, you name is "Melanie" so I don't know what you're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 1004/05/2021

The spelling of Thandiwe may be unusual when looking at it. However, the pronunciation, “tan-DEE-way” is quite nice. It's too bad she didn't correct it years ago. But sometimes we go along to get along or in her case, to make it in show business, which someone may have suggested to her when she was starting out.

At the same time, keep in mind that people like her are not unique. There are millions of people who name or spelling of their name was changed as they came through Ellis Island and other ports of entry when there was massive numbers of immigrants coming to the United States from Europe. Some people want to make it as a current day form of discrimination. But no, it's been happening forever to generations of people of all nationalities all over the world.

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2021

Actors create stage names all the time.

Let's face it - Melanie Newton is a lot less interesting than Thandie Newton. I'd argue that Thandiwe would have suffered the problem common for people whose names are difficult to pronounce, and thus remember.

Also, she should ask Saoirse Ronan how irritating it would have been to CONSTANTLY have to correct people pronouncing your name. Thandie is relatively simple to say and remember.

by Anonymousreply 1204/05/2021

In the Ellis Island era, many people welcomed Anglicizing their names because they thought it would help them assimilate. And it was done by people of all nationalities. Scandinavians were quite partial to it.

by Anonymousreply 1304/05/2021

Jessica Thandiwe was the star of "Driving Ms. Daisy."

by Anonymousreply 1404/05/2021

She never really happened, did she.

by Anonymousreply 1504/05/2021

Sally Atwater = bimbo weather girl

Tally Atwater = seriously journalist

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by Anonymousreply 1604/05/2021

Much ado about nothing.

by Anonymousreply 1704/05/2021

this is odd. In flirting she played a character called Thandiwe but they credited her as Thandie?

Sounds like an agent's idea to make her sound less foreign to UK and US audiences.

Thandiwe? Does she speak English ok would be the next question. As Thandie she wouldn't be asked that.

by Anonymousreply 1804/05/2021

[quote] this is odd. In flirting she played a character called Thandiwe but they credited her as Thandie?

Another funny thing.

Thandiwe means "beloved," and she starred in Oprah's movie "Beloved."

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by Anonymousreply 1904/05/2021

Oprah was almost Orpah.

by Anonymousreply 2004/05/2021

I always thought "Thandie" was pronounced with the first part as you would say the the word "the" - so Th-anne-dee. Was it supposed to be Tand-dee all this time?

by Anonymousreply 2104/05/2021

Mediocre actress, flat and uninspired.

by Anonymousreply 2204/05/2021

Who is she again?

by Anonymousreply 2304/05/2021

It's a fucking W.

A one letter difference in her name, from what people were calling her before.

What's the big fucking deal???

by Anonymousreply 2404/05/2021

I like it! As other people have noted, the spelling looks clunky but the pronunciation is pretty. Bitch would still be fierce as hell on Westworld even if she'd changed it back to Melanie.

by Anonymousreply 2504/05/2021

She used to pronounce it Tan-dee like in Jessica Tandy.

Don't know how you are supposed to say it now.

by Anonymousreply 2604/05/2021

It's a bit late in the game for a name change.

by Anonymousreply 2704/05/2021

Then i like the "old" way better "Tan-dee-way"

by Anonymousreply 2804/05/2021

Gee somebody already went thru IMDb and changed all her credits on there.

by Anonymousreply 2904/05/2021

[quote] "Call me by my name!"

Happy to do so ... Melanie.

by Anonymousreply 3004/05/2021

[quote] Oprah was almost Orpah.

Oprah never let them call her 'Gail' (her middle name). She insisted on her 'distinctive' first name and now she is OPRAH!

It's like coming out and being who you are rather than what people want you to be or think you should be. If people can announce their personal pronouns they can pronounce this woman's true name.

by Anonymousreply 3104/05/2021

This is all just so stunning and brave.

by Anonymousreply 3204/05/2021

She had potential but she never happened.

by Anonymousreply 3304/05/2021

She's on a big hit TV show and just won an Emmy a few years ago. What more do you want?

by Anonymousreply 3404/05/2021

r34 Would most americans know her name?

by Anonymousreply 3504/05/2021

r35 she's been around for quite some time. i would think most people that have seen movies that aren't just action/superhero/blockbuster based would have encountered her in a film or two, regardless of whether she is from the UK or America.

by Anonymousreply 3604/05/2021

r35 they probably just know her as the woman from Westworld

by Anonymousreply 3704/05/2021

Thandiwe = give me more roles because I'm black.

by Anonymousreply 3804/07/2021

She must have a project to promote. Yawn.

by Anonymousreply 3904/07/2021


The fireworkth are hailing over little eden tonight

Forthin a light

into all those thtony fathes left thtranded on thith warm July

by Anonymousreply 4004/07/2021

Well she succeeded in getting publicity out of the change, I saw the article in a number of online publications I read. Doubt it'll give her career a boost though. Wonder what she has up her sleeve next.

by Anonymousreply 4104/07/2021

I love that her first name is actually Melanie.

by Anonymousreply 4204/07/2021

She's 48!!!

Too old. Next.

by Anonymousreply 4304/07/2021

I’m going to start calling myself Orothyday.

by Anonymousreply 4404/07/2021

I'm getting Slavic from the woman.

by Anonymousreply 4504/07/2021

My name is Melanie, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 4604/07/2021

Has anyone asked how I'M doing????

Selfish assholes.

by Anonymousreply 4704/08/2021

Bitch, please.

by Anonymousreply 4804/08/2021
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