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Thandie Newton: TED Talk!

Thandie Newton: TED Talk!

Thandie Newton hits the stage at TEDGlobal 2011 earlier in the month.

The 38-year-old English actress, who wore a vintage dress, shared her experiences growing up in two distinct cultures and compared it to playing many different characters as an actress.

“When I act in a role, I inhabit another self, Thandie said. “I give it life for awhile and no matter how other these selves might be, there all related in me.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Thandie Newton’s speech at the TEDGlobal 2011?

Thandie Newton at TEDGlobal 2011
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  • Rules

    She is amazing. We need to give her the spotlight. I want to see women like her famous.

  • Kristine

    WOW! Amazing speech!! Why cant we have more of people like her and LESS of people like the Jersey Shore!!!?!?!?

  • Ria

    WOW. this was so great. thank you for sharing. THANK YOU a lot. she is a great speech maker, I cannot believe she wrote the speech herself

  • Kim

    Wow indeed! So refreshing!

  • Zoe Moon

    Thank you, Jared for posting her speech. I heard it two days ago on U Tube (after googling her name). What a fantastic speech given by an extraordinary woman. Hearing her speak about being a biracial child in Cornwall and how it defined her lets me know that each of us has our own unique experience with culture and we can either run from it or embrace it to complete us as individuals.

  • YAYA

    I’ve always liked her but this just added to so much more of why I liked her. This speech is amazing and everyone should watch it.

  • kiwigirl89

    Lovely, inspiring and thought provoking speech. I can’t believe how much I could relate to Thandie and her upbringing. Like Thandie I had a brown ethnic mother and a white father and I went to a private Catholic school. Also an atheist who found it hard to define self growing up. Like Thandie I feel connected when I lose myself in acting. :-)




  • AbFab

    Amazing speech! TED is a great site and one of my favorites.

  • elliott

    such a sweet and inspiring speech. Nice to see that there are some thoughtful actors left.

  • So&So

    Excellent speech. Thandie is a true talent and awesome personality.

  • LL

    Thanks for sharing this video Jared! I agree with “AbFab” TED is a great site.

  • chichi

    Actors are such pretentious people. The way this woman talks about her ‘characters’ in such a spiritual way is almost laughable. They have an overinflated sense of themselves, its almost like the fame makes them think that they are some kind of etheral creature which puts their soul into the lifeless shell of a character and brings them to life, instead of the reality of acting which is that it is mechanical and contrived.

    It’s like that with Lady Gaga. I saw her interview at that google conference a while ago, and whenever she said something she would look to the audience as if for some kind of confirmation through their applause or laughter, almost as if she were a royal or some higher power. She got a reality check when she was presenting an acceptance speech for vogue or something and she was reciting her speech and stopped and paused expecting some applause to pat her ego on the head, but no one laughed and no one clapped for her dumb little stories which her “little monsters” eat up like a piece of her jerked meat dress. And i felt a rush of endorphins into my brain and i started laughing, laughing i tell you, because it sent her flying off her dumb 12 inch platform shoes down to the cold hard reality of that stage floor: not everyone shares her belief that she is the next Dalai Lama, or that she is some kind of embodyment of some higher calling. She ain’t no mother monster. She has turned into a FAME MONSTER.

  • Terri O

    LOVE her! I always found her bright and knew there was something really special about her .I have even more respect for her now. Thank you for sharing!

  • The B is Back

    Chichi….sad little human you are my dear…therapy might help but no guarantee….remember YOU are on here reading about THEM!…they are not somewhere sitting on their bums reading about YOU….big difference kiddo…