used to feel- as neither white nor black, but as a bridge
This BAFTA winning actress is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother
of the Shona Tribe and a British father. Thandie and is married to writer
and director Ol Parker and the couple have two children.
What Thandie has to say about Race
'Thandie tells interviewers that one of her fondest memories is watching
her mother get dressed in her traditional African garb because it taught
her black pride.
'It's funny, but yes. I was recently talking to my brother about what it
means to be black, and he gave me a quizzical look, as if to say, 'Hey,
this is a bit radical,' because I was taking a very black stance. But he
reminded me of how I used to feel- as neither white nor black, but as a
bridge between both. Now I see myself as black. There is a side of me that
would like to go back to how I used to feel. But then I was looking at
my peers. Now I'm looking at the whole world.'
Thandie believes that her career
has been influenced by her colour. For example, she has played a slave
girl three times (Beloved, Jefferson in Paris, and Interview with the
Vampire). When questioned about the repeated requests to assume such
roles, she is quick to point to her ability to appreciate the nuances
in playing these complex roles as well as to her ability to take on the
personal challenge that's involved. 'Get over it. Just look at the films,
they're completely different,' she tells herself and others.