Naomie Harris is getting major Oscar buzz for her portrayal of a verbally abusive, crack-addicted mother in the indie Moonlight, but she almost didn’t take the role!
The 40-year-old actress has revealed that she had reservations about playing Paula, the mother of the main character due to her longtime personal pledge to only take on roles that have positive images of women.
“I grew up with very strong, intelligent, powerful women and I don’t feel like they were reflected enough on film, certainly when I was growing up,” Naomie expressed during an Actress Roundtable discussion for THR. “I think that has changed a lot now, but I didn’t feel as though they were reflected enough on-screen so I sort of made it my mission that I was going to make my choices based on portraying positive images of women in general, and black women in particular. I didn’t feel as though a crack-addict fitted into that.”
Naomie and director Barry Jenkins sat down with TimesTalks to discuss Moonlight at the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday (November 29) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
That same day, Naomie was spotted all smiles while making her way inside Good Morning America to continue her promotion for the film, as well as Collateral Beauty.
Naomie Harris Was Hesitant to Play a Crack Addict as Black Woman | THR
FYI: Naomie is wearing Dolce & Gabbana with Sophia Webster shoes at TimesTalks and is wearing Burberry cashmere trench coat paired with Christian Louboutin shoes at Good Morning America.