Embracing otherness, embracing myself: Thandie Newton

Today I want to showcase this wonderful woman. Her TED Talk is deeply insightful and will provide food for contemplation on topics that many of us are pondering in our own lives. Thandie Newton is also a STRONG VOICE FOR WOMEN and very active in the campaign ONE BILLION RISING to stop abuse against women all over the world. Please see the related articles at the bottom for more on her activities as a voice for women.

“Swinging from Hollywood blockbusters to sensitive indie films, Thandie Newton brings thoughtfulness and delicate beauty to her work.” TED.com

Why you should listen to her:

Thandie NewtonFilmgoers first encountered Thandie Newton in the 1991 film Flirting, a tender and skin-crawlingly honest film about young love and budding identity. In her career since then, she’s brought that same intimate touch even to big Hollywood films (she was the moral center of Mission: Impossible II, for instance, and the quiet heart of the head-banging 2012), while maintaining a strong sideline in art films, like the acclaimed Crash and last year’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s For colored girls …

Born in England, her mother is Zimbabwean, and Newton is active in nonprofit work across the African continent. In 2008, she visited Mali for a campaign to bring clean water to six African nations, and as a V Day board member, Newton visited the Congo earlier this year to raise awareness of the chronic issue of sexual violence toward women and girls.

“Thandie Newton can boast that rarest of combinations – leading-actress looks with a character-actress CV.”


Quotes by Thandie Newton

“I can hardly find the words to describe the peace I felt when I was acting. My dysfunctional self could actually plug in to another self, not my own, and it felt so good.”

“[We assume] that the self is an actual living thing, but it’s not. It’s a projection which our clever brains create in order to cheat ourselves from the reality of death.”

“If we’re all living in our selves and mistaking it for life, then we’re devaluing and desensitizing life.”

TEDTED TALK – Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves. A warm, wise talk, fresh from stage at TEDGlobal 2011.

Responses to Thandie’s Talk


Dec 6 2012: Such interesting and insight giving thoughts.
I also believe we are one, with each other and with our planet.
We all just need to see it and stop trying to be individuals judging each other, trying to be better than each other. We are here together, to love and empower everybody around us.Beautiful speech.


Sep 27 2012: A very moving, beautiful and emotional speech. It made me cry. Thandie is a very beautiful woman with a great heart and soul. This made me cry. I loved it so much. Thank you Thandie xD ♥

5 thoughts on “Embracing otherness, embracing myself: Thandie Newton

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  2. What a brilliant self directed talk given by Ms. Newton. She totally deconstructs the notion of the “self as being” from her “once living nightmare” of previously identifying/ associating herself as defined by “others”. How true, unless we realize who we really are, society will have it’s way with “you” – a residual image of it’s chimeric construct. It’s wonderful to see her as a force for One Billion Rising! Yay! ☼

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