Actress Thandie Newton looks stunning in her editorial spread for Britain’s InStyle Magazine. In between her gorgeous shots Thandie gave a refreshingly candid interview about her marriage and the impact of experience in her younger years. Thandie recalled an affair she had at the age of 16 with a movie director who was 23 years her senior. Perhaps it can be credited to age and the many years since the incident but Thandie recalls the event with a pleasant amount of maturity and clarity on the lessons learned. She says of the affair,
“I have committed all that to pre-history. It was a profound learning curve. But also a fortunate one in many ways. Part of me feels grateful that I can now accept the difficulties that came with that situation and be a more compassionate person myself.”
“I didn’t make a mistake. Come on. Read between the lines. I wasn’t in the driving seat. I was a very shy, very sweet girl, not some barmy kid, suddenly let loose. I wasn’t in control of the situation.
“Would I have liked things to be different? Sure. But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim. I embrace the fact that I have survived that experience and it required me to have a significant breadth of understanding.”
With that affair long gone, Thandie has since married director Ol Parker with whom she has two daughters, Ripley, 10, and six-year-old Nico. Thandie shares what makes her marriage work wit Ol,
“Ol has a very dry sense of humor. We are very different characters but very good friends. We’ve both had a degree of pain in our lives, which I think is the best teacher there is. We don’t expect to be happy every day.”
Thandie highlights the impact of her decision to decline the “Charlie Angels” movie,
“Do I regret not taking a part that would have made me really rich and famous and moved my career up a few levels’ Come on! That was a massive thing for me and, yes, I do sometimes think about how my life might have been very different.
“But finding a happy and solid relationship is always difficult, so the decision was all about making my husband feel more secure and committing to my family. My career was exploding and I wasn’t ready for it. It was about wanting to put the brakes on, acknowledging that I had other priorities.”
Thandie Newton’s editorial spread and wisdom scores a Critic’s Rating of 10! Also check out the video below of Thandie’s cover shoot. What’s your critic’s rating?