Westworld's Thandie Newton shares how she was ignored by Times Up for not being attractive enough

Westworld's Thandie Newton shares how she was ignored by Times Up for not being attractive enough
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Westworld star Thandie Newton shared that she was completely ignored by the Times Up Movement after she was shunned by Hollywood for speaking up about sexism and abuse that takes place in the industry. 

As reported by Telegraph, "I have been an activist for 20 years. It's been a long time coming. I certainly agitated for it to happen sooner, but no one was interested and people thought I was a bummer. Even my publicist told me to stop talking about it because it was bad for my reputation."

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Newton who is currently 45-years-old revealed how she was abused during an audition at the young age of 18. She also shared how she was "coerced" into a relationship with a significantly older film director. 

As a result of her campaigning, she believes that she missed out on a lot of work and opportunities.  "I wasn't seen as a f---able member of a movie set and I was passed over for roles because of it. I was ostracised because I wouldn't stop talking about it," the actress revealed. 

"When Time's Up was put together, to not be invited to be a part of it, was very, very painful. It's hard for me, as someone who has been talking about it for a long time... it's lonely," she said to the Herald Newspaper. 

Thandie Newton also explained why she feels rejected by the sexual inequality campaign group which includes the likes of Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman. "I wasn't hot enough. I wasn't mainstream enough and I wasn't going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a kind of renaissance in my career," she shared with reference to her Award-winning character, as robot Maeve in HBO's hit series, Westworld. 


Recently, Newton and her Westworld co-star, Evan Rachel Wood have managed to re-negotiate their salaries for the show. For the third season, they will get paid the same amount of money as the male actors, Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris, get. "We’re all equal across the board. It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented... it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration," Newton shared. 

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