Thandiwe Newton, the acclaimed actress formerly known as Thandie Newton, is getting back to her roots.
The 48-year-old “Westworld” star has had a long career on both the big and small screens and has always been known as Thandie — but as it turns out, that isn’t her birth name.
From here on out, the star will go by Thandiwe, she revealed in a new interview with British Vogue.
Newton began to drop the “W” from her name when she was in school in an effort to minimize the discrimination against her as a young Black girl.
The misspelling of her name wasn’t the only struggle she had while starring opposite Nicole Kidman in “Flirting,” however, as the movie’s director, John Duigan, allegedly asked if she could make her skin “a bit darker.”
Newton said she spent a weekend bronzing and using coconut oil.
“Got the role. Colourism has just been the funniest,” she recounted. “I’ve been too Black, not Black enough. I’m always Black. I’m just like, whadda you people want!”